Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered a halt to an agreement with the United States on weapons-grade plutonium disposal in retaliation for Washington's "unfriendly actions" amid a wider standoff with the West.
An armed nuclear transport vessel preparing to ship a huge cache of plutonium -- enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs -- to the US arrived at a Japanese port on Monday amid tight security, local media said.
Located in central Washington state, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the largest nuclear waste dump in the Western Hemisphere. It has also become a major environmental issue for the United States, yet little is known about what is happening there.
Recently released satellite imagery points to North Korea restarting a nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear facility. The worry for Western defense analysts is that Yongbyon is capable of producing plutonium, an essential component of nuclear weapons.
Thousands of Japanese farmers and fishermen face bleak and uncertain future after authorities announced soil near the site of the badly-damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has been contaminated with Plutonium
Iran is currently testing its newly built nuclear power plant amid opposition from concerned nations including the US and Israel because of fears that Iran will use its waste materials in building nuclear warheads.