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China's Low-Enriched Neutron Reactor Runs at Full Capacity

China has remodified a miniature neutron-source reactor, which is now running at full capacity, according to State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on March 26.

This is the first time China has replaced a traditional high-enriched uranium reactor core with a low-enriched one, said Xu Dazhe, head of China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA)

The reactor was a result of China-U.S. nuclear security cooperation. In 2011, the CAEA began working with Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S.Department of Energy Lab, on nuclear safety, Xu said.

Low-enriched uranium cannot be used for an atomic bomb, thus lowering the danger if one's lost or stolen, Xu said.

The reactor will be used for testing nuclear instruments, teaching and training purposes, while producing some isotope, the CAEA said.

(Xinhua News Agency March 26, 2016)

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