Will Refine Uranium Hexafluoride for Food

"Did you get the license plate number on that proton beam?"

Without international assistance, will Russian nuclear scientists AGAIN be reduced to sticking their heads in particle accelerators for the amusement of passers-by?

David Hoffman at ForeignPolicy.com reports that last month month, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed a decree for the Russian government to withdraw from the International Science and Technology Center, a Moscow-based center to help Soviet cold war engineers and scientists transition from a weapons economy to civilian projects.

With the involvement of the EU, Japan, Russian and the US, and later Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyszstan, Norway, South Korea, Tajikistan and Canada, the ISTC has been one of the most successful post-Cold War programs to have helped prevent the proliferation of WMD expertise.



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