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U.S. to supply HEU to European countries while they pursue conversion

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In a statement released at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and the United States pledged to work together to eliminate the use of HEU from the medical isotope production in the European countries by 2015:

Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, in cooperation with the United States, reaffirm their determination to support conversion of European production industries to non-HEU-based processes by 2015.

Pending the conversion, the United States agreed to supply these countries with HEU for targets used in the medical isotope production:

In light of these efforts and until this conversion has taken place, the United States is prepared to supply the three countries with the necessary HEU target material.

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