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White House disappointed by Russia withdrawal from plutonium accord
October 3, 2016 / 5:34 PM / a year ago

White House disappointed by Russia withdrawal from plutonium accord

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the the Oval Office of the White House upon his return to Washington from New York, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expressed disappointment on Monday with Russia’s decision to suspend an accord on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, the White House said.

“The decision by the Russians to unilaterally withdraw from this commitment is disappointing,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The agreement, he said, had “pledged the disposal of thousands of nuclear weapons worth of plutonium.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Eric Walsh; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese

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