International nuclear experts warn that nuclear threats posed by Russia’s 680 tons of highly enriched uranium must be minimised. Russia should reduce its stockpile of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to address nuclear risks, according to a group of nuclear experts. In a report released on 13 September, the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), based at Princeton University, says Russia has never declared the size of its HEU stock and has not disclosed detailed information about the facilities that use the material. However, the panel cites estimates that the country has about 680 tons of HEU, and roughly 160 tons of the material is probably in assembled nuclear weapons – active and otherwise.
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