U.S. and Russia Sign Plutonium Disposition Agreement

September 01, 2000
U.S. and Russia Sign Plutonium Disposition Agreement
Washington, DC

After two years of negotiations, Vice President Gore and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov sign an agreement to dispose of 68 metric tons (34 metric tons for each country) of weapons grade plutonium. Under the agreement, the surplus plutonium will be irradiated in nuclear reactors or by immobilizing it with high-level radioactive waste. The agreement includes arranging international financing for Russia to develop and implement disposition technologies.