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    Fuel at Zaporozhye power plant could hardly be used to make nuclear weapons - diplomat


    May 26, 2022 - ITAR-TASS

     

      MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Nuclear fuel present at Zaporozhye nuclear power plant could hardly be used to make nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a commentary in regards to the statement, made by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi regarding nuclear materials at this nuclear power plant.

      According to the diplomat, the Ministry noted the statement made by Grossi during the World Economic Forum in Davos regarding nuclear material preset at Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

      "As we understand it, [Grossi] meant nuclear materials contained in the nuclear fuel present at the station, including fuel loaded in the reactors and depleted nuclear fuel, unloaded to local storage facilities," Zakharova said. "Therefore, uranium is low-enriched, and plutonium present in depleted fuel could not be extracted without rather complex and available only in a small number of countries installations; also, considering its isotope content, it could hardly be used to make nuclear weapons."

      "Meanwhile, information of 30 tonnes of plutonium allegedly present at the nuclear power plant must be verified," the spokeswoman underscored.

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