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US demands Japan reduce its plutonium stockpiles

Trump-Kim summit raises questions about Tokyo's nuclear exemption

A fuel rod is inserted into a reactor vessel at a southern Japanese nuclear power plant. Japan has enough plutonium to produce about 6,700 nuclear warheads.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. has called on Japan to reduce its high levels of stockpiled plutonium, a move that comes as the Trump administration seeks to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, Nikkei has learned.

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