Uranium bank opens in Kazakhstan


ASTANA -- Officials Tuesday (August 29) in Astana celebrated the opening of a Kazakhstani reserve bank for low enriched uranium (LEU), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

The reserve bank in Oskemen, East Kazakhstan Province, is meant to keep aspiring nuclear powers from enriching uranium.

On August 29, the UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano a symbolic key to the new facility.

"By hosting the IAEA LEU bank, Kazakhstan has made another contribution to strengthening the global non-proliferation regime," said Nazarbayev.

The bank will contain up to 90 tonnes of LEU. It is the first LEU bank that the IAEA will fully own and operate.

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