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US and Ukraine signing deal to remove uranium
US and Ukraine signing deal to remove Soviet-era stockpile of bomb-grade uranium
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' The United States and Ukraine are signing a deal to remove the former Soviet country's stockpile of weapons-grade uranium.

The agreement to be signed Monday would remove enough material to build several nuclear weapons. It was originally announced last year at an international nuclear security conference hosted by President Barack Obama.

U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Ukrainian foreign minister, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, had hoped to sign the deal in July. That ended up being delayed amid Ukrainian reservations. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities.

Among other reasons, Ukraine wanted assurance that the United States would complete a $25 million nuclear research facility called for under the deal.

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