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Nuclear News - 02/02/00
RANSAC Nuclear News, 02 February 2000


A.  Loose Nukes

    1. Russian Marines Steal Radioactive Fuel On NuclearSubmarine,Agence France Presse (02/01/00)
    2. Far East Nuclear Theft, Associated Press (02/02/00)
B.  Export Controls
    1. Russia-US Cooperation in Export Control Makes forSecurity,Itar Tass (02/02/00)
    2. Russia Urged to Block Nuke Exports, Barry Schweid,AssociatedPress (02/02/00)
C.  Nuclear Waste
    1. Russia to Take Part in Ukrainian Tender on Nuclear Waste,Itar Tass (02/02/00)
D.  Nuclear Power Industry
    1. Security Increased At Urals Nuclear Plant, RFE/RL(02/01/00)
    2. New Head For Rosenergoatom, RFE/RL (02/01/00)
    3. '99 Nuclear Energy Figures Up 16% Over Previous Year,Igor Semenenko, St. Petersburg Times (02/01/00)
    4. Labour Conflict Developing At Leningrad Npp, Itar Tass(02/02/00)
E.   START
    1. Start-2 Not Priority Issue for Russia, Russian ExpertSays,Itar Tass (02/02/00)
F.  U.S. – Russia General
    1. Focus-Putin Meets Albright, at Odds Over Chechnya,Reuters(02/02/00)
G.  HEU
    1. News Briefing [HEU], The Uranium Institute(02/01/00)
    2. Approaching Critical Mass? Privatized Uranium Processor USECHas Disappointed Both Shareholders and Capitol Hill, Martha M.Hamilton,Washington Post (01/31/00)

A. Loose Nukes

1.
Russian Marines Steal Radioactive Fuel On Nuclear Submarine
        Agence France Presse
        February 1, 2000
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Feb 1, 2000 -- (Agence France Presse) Four Russianmarines stole radioactive fuel on their nuclear submarine so they wouldhave some cash for their return to civilian life after military service,military prosecutors told AFP on Tuesday.

The three conscripts and an officer serving in Russia's Pacific fleet,were arrested and the fuel retrieved after it disappeared on January 13from the submarine based in Vilouchinsk-3 au Kamchatka in the farnortheastof Russia.

Some parts of the submarine containing precious metals such as silveror platinum were also retrieved.

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2.
Far East Nuclear Theft
        Associated Press
        February 2, 2000
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VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- Four Russian sailors and a retired officerhave been arrested for allegedly stealing radioactive fuel from anuclear-poweredsubmarine in Russia's Pacific Fleet, officials said Tuesday.

The theft at the Vilyuchinsk-3 submarine base on the KamchatkaPeninsulain the Far East was discovered Jan. 13, and the four sailors were arrestedon the same day, said Andrei Bykov, an aide to the Pacific Fleet militaryprosecutor.

The sailors confessed to the theft and said they had been assisted bya retired radiological safety service officer, who was also arrested,Itar-Tassreported.

A search of the suspects' belongings turned up a cache of spare partsfor submarine equipment containing gold, silver, platinum and palladium,Bykov said.

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B. Export Controls

1.
Russia-US Cooperation in Export Control Makes for Security
        Itar Tass
        February 2, 2000
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MOSCOW, February 2 (Itar-Tass) - US Secretary of State MadeleineAlbright,speaking in the Diplomacy Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry,positivelyassessed the new regime of export control in Russia. She said this bidswell for the future, although far from everything has been done to resolvethis serious problem. Albright noted it is important to implement and
ensure the export control regime at every level.

She said it is the common interest of Russia and the United States thatnot a single unit of nuclear arms be outside control. Russia and theUnitedStates are also interested in restricting nuclear weapon and ballisticmissile spread in the Middle East, in the Korean Peninsula and otherregions.

If cooperation in these and other areas is continued by the twocountries,this will considerably strengthen security, the state secretary said. Shesaid present-day reality requires pondering on how to react to theemergenceof weapons with new capabilities as the strategic situation in the worldaltered in the past ten years.

The secretary of state said the US decision to deploy a limitednationalanti-missile defense system may be passed as early as this summer. Shesaid there is no decision yet, but certain adjustment needs to be madefor deploying such a system in the framework of the Anti-Ballistic MissileTreaty. She said the US is not striving to erode Russia's potential ofdeterrence by amending the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

Albright noted that Russia which is striving for a political solutionto conflicts is Russia with which the US hopes to work in the 21stcentury.It is confident Russia, with durable political institutions, the bulwarkof stability in Europe and Asia, the generator of prosperity in the globaleconomy, a country of diverse character making a worthy contribution toa multilateral world.

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2.
Russia Urged to Block Nuke Exports
        Barry Schweid
        Associated Press
        February 2, 2000
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MOSCOW--Russia must do far more to control its export of nucleartechnology,Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said today.
 
In a speech to Russia's diplomacy academy, Albright credited Russiawith making a solid start, at least on paper, with a new export controlsystem.
 
But she said one of the biggest dangers in the post-Cold War periodis that international arms dealers and shady middlemen would seek waysto sell technology and expertise to dangerous clients.
 
"Far more needs to be done to address this serious problem –acommitmentat all levels to better implementation, better enforcement, better controlof exports," Albright said.
 
Specifically, she said Russia and the United States share an interestin preventing the spread of nuclear and ballistic missile capability inthe Middle East and on the Korean peninsula.
 
And, she said, both countries should eliminate their stockpiles ofdeadly chemical weapons,
 
"I know we are going through a kind of strange period in U.S.-Russianrelations," Albright said in a response to a question after the speech."But I hope very much we will get through it."
 
Albright also offered assurances that "the United States is seekingpartnership, not dominance," in its relationship with Moscow.
 
Asked about Iran, she said the Clinton administration was trying toopen a government-to-government dialogue but Tehran would have to stopits support for terrorism, end its opposition to peacemaking in the MiddleEase and cease trying to develop weapons of mass destruction.
 
Sergei Ivanov, Russia's security chief, told Sandy Berger, securityassistant to President Clinton, in December that Russia was doing all itcould to prevent the proliferation of weapons and wants more constructivecooperation from the United States.
 
"There can be no doubt that Russia is exerting maximum effort inobservingits commitments in this sphere," Ivanov told Berger, according to theInterfaxne

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