Russia, Myanmar reaffirm nuclear cooperation


Russia and Myanmar have agreed to cooperate in nuclear energy, Rosatom, Russia’s nuclear regulatory body said during the first of a two-day working visit to Myanmar by its deputy director general Nikolay Spassky, according to World Nuclear News on March 26.

During his visit starting on March 26, Mr Spassky met Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun and Armed Forces Chief General Min Aung Hlaing, and held talks with the Minister of Science and Technology U Ko Ko Oo and electric energy minister U Khin Maung Soe.

"The discussion focused on how to establish mutually beneficial cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The parties agreed on concrete steps aimed at creating favourable conditions for cooperation in the use of advanced nuclear technology, including strengthening the legal framework for cooperation and training," Rosatom said.

The two countries signed an agreement to construct a nuclear research centre in Myanmar in 2007 that would comprise a 10 MWt light water reactor working on 20 percent-enriched U-235, an activation analysis laboratory, a medical isotope production laboratory, silicon doping system, nuclear waste treatment and burial facilities.

Myanmar has been a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty since 1992 and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency since 1957.

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