enriched uranium


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enriched uranium

Uranium with a higher concentration of the radioisotope 235U than is found in natural uranium ore. The isotope 235U is used to manufacture nuclear fuel rods (for electrical power generation) and nuclear weapons. See: depleted uranium
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But enriched uranium can also be used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads.
During the Cold War the Soviet Union produced about 1,300 tons of highly enriched uranium, Western analysts estimate, and much of it remains scattered widely over the former Soviet republics in poorly guarded sites.
The only real way to avert a crisis, if there is still time, is a global ban on the production and transport of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, as well as the technologies that can help a clandestine bomb builder.
Nuclear weapons of all kinds--and the enriched uranium and plutonium used to make them--are scattered about Russia and the newly independent states, and Russia is too broke and out of control to keep tabs on them.
If this was done over and over (gaseous diffusion), satisfactorily enriched uranium would result.
These decisions were prompted by a sharp decline in the worldwide market for enriched uranium.
Megatons to Megawatts is a 20-year, commercially financed government-industry partnership in which 500 metric tons of Russian weapons-grade uranium is being downblended to low enriched uranium for use as commercial reactor fuel.
United States Navy submarines and aircraft carriers are powered by reactors that use highly enriched uranium in order to meet demanding performance requirements.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Saturday that his country would export nine tons of its enriched uranium to Russia in the next few days.
Iran claims the IR-5 is a much faster centrifuge that can produce much more enriched uranium in a given period of time.
Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the UN nuclear agency says.
24 ( ANI ): An Iranian lawmaker has said Tehran need not produce 20 percent enriched uranium any more, as it has sufficient quantity in store.