U.S. / Russian plutonium disposal deal suspended

Vladimir Putin
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting at the presidential residence in the Russian Black Sea Resort of Sochi, Russia. A meeting in August between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general and commander of the Quds Force, in Moscow lasted some three hours. Soleimani's one mission was to sell Putin on the idea that Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria was imperative. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

(WJBF) – The deal between the U-S and Russia to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium has been suspended by the Russians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he is suspending the deal, because of what he calls unfriendly actions by the U-S.

The agreement was originally signed in 2000, stipulating that both countries would dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium.

Putin says the U-S has failed to meet its end of the deal.

A plant at the Savannah River Site, which would convert that plutonium into nuclear reactor fuel, is years behind schedule.

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