Kazakhstan backs US decision against uranium quotas


NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakhstan's Ministry of Energy says it supports US President Donald Trump's decision not to set quotas that would raise US uranium production, Kazinform reported Wednesday (July 17).

Trump July 12 declined to issue the quotas. US uranium mining firms and some US lawmakers have argued that the nation's nuclear generators rely heavily on Russia, China and Kazakhstan, Reuters reported.

"Kazakhstan attaches great importance to the development of bilateral co-operation [with the United States] in the nuclear industry and to strengthening the non-proliferation regime," said a ministry statement.

The statement underlined the countries' "long-standing and successful history of co-operation in the energy sector".

Kazakhstan, which has striven to lead on nuclear security issues, in 2017 began operating a reserve bank for low enriched uranium, to keep aspiring nuclear powers from enriching uranium.

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