Novosti reported that Japan will
finance the scrapping of three Russian nuclear
submarines decommissioned from the Pacific Fleet under a joint project with Russia, a senior Japanese diplomat said Friday.
The three Victor class vessels will be dismantled under the Star
of Hope program for the dismantlement of decommissioned nuclear submarines in Russia's Far East, which was adopted in 2003 during a visit by former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to Russia.
During the dismantlement process, spent nuclear fuel is removed from the submarine's reactors and sent to storage, the hull is cut into three sections, and the bow and stern sections are removed and destroyed. The reactor section is sealed and transferred to storage.