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US defends Japan against China's plutonium criticism

Published on Mar 6, 2014 3:27 AM

VIENNA (REUTERS) - The United States and China disagreed over Japan's plutonium stocks at a UN nuclear agency meeting on Wednesday, with Washington saying it did not share Beijing's concern about the sensitive issue, diplomats said.

China expressed concern about the size of Japan's plutonium holdings at a board session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), diplomats who attended closed-door discussions at the UN body said.

Russia voiced similar views, they said.

Like uranium, plutonium can be used to fuel nuclear power plants, but can also provide material for nuclear bombs.

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