US: Vietnam’s weapons-grade uranium removed

VIENNA (AP) — The United States says experts have removed the last batch of uranium from Vietnam that terrorists could have used in efforts to make a nuclear bomb.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the highly enriched uranium, from the Dalat Nuclear Research Institute, has gone to Russia where it will be turned into low-enriched reactor fuel.

Moniz did not say when the removal occurred. He also did not specify amounts Tuesday.

But other officials at an International Atomic Energy Agency conference on nuclear security said two batches had been removed totaling 16 kilograms (about 35 pounds), with the first shipment taken out six years ago.

That’s more than half of what is needed for a crude nuclear weapon.

The U.S. and Russia have taken the lead in many such operations worldwide. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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