Russian Uranium

The Pentagon has recently shared its worries about Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear agency, furnishing China with highly enriched uranium for fast-breeder reactors. John Plumb, the US assistant secretary of defense for space policy, remarked that it was “very disturbing” to view the cooperation between Russia and China on this issue.

At a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces posture hearing, Mr.Plumb was briefed about the issue and expressed his concern over Russia and China’s cooperation on the matter, saying it was “very troubling.”

Plumb added:

“They may have talking points around it, but there’s no getting around the fact that breeder reactors are plutonium, and plutonium is for weapons. So I think the [Defense] Department is concerned. And, of course, it matches our concerns about China’s increased expansion of its nuclear forces, because you need more plutonium for more weapons.”