U.S. nuclear deal with Russia fails as tensions rise

It was only 11 months ago that the U.S. energy secretary – Ernest J. Moniz, a former MIT professor who has championed scientific programs that would bury the Cold War competitions between the United States and Russia – went to Vienna to sign the agreement, an indication of how recently the Obama administration believed it had a chance of building on a quarter-century of gradual integration of Russia with the West.


Handshakes and congratulations exchanged with Moniz’s Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Kirienko, sealed an arrangement that would let Russian scientists into, among other places, the heart of the U.S. nuclear complex at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was constructed 70 years ago, and a dozen sister laboratories devoted to the making of the American nuclear arsenal. In return, U.S. scientists would be allowed deep into Russian nuclear facilities, including the birthplace of the Soviet bomb.


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