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UN: Traces of Plutonium Found in Egypt.
Little Green Footballs ^ | November 5, 2004

Posted on 11/05/2004 8:37:20 AM PST by dmartin

VIENNA, Austria - U.N. experts have found traces of plutonium near an Egyptian nuclear facility and are investigating whether it could be weapons-related or simply a byproduct of the country’s peaceful atomic activities, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday.

The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, warned against assuming that Egypt might have contravened the Nonproliferation Treaty by trying to separate plutonium, a substance used in nuclear weapons. The traces could be from a cracked research reactor fuel element or have other origins that have nothing to do with weapons research, they said.

“From time to time, these things pop up in places they should not be at,” said a diplomat familiar with the investigations of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. “Most of the time, there is a reasonable answer.”


TOPICS: Breaking News
KEYWORDS: egypt; elbaradei; iaea; napalminthemorning; nuclear; plutonium; proliferation; un; wot
I did not find this in my search so I thought it worth posting.
1 posted on 11/05/2004 8:37:22 AM PST by dmartin
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To: dmartin

Just a wardrobe malfunction.


2 posted on 11/05/2004 8:41:51 AM PST by KidGlock (W-1)
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To: dmartin

Just a nuisance. Move along.


3 posted on 11/05/2004 8:42:30 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: dmartin

Must have fallen out of one of Villepin's pockets.


4 posted on 11/05/2004 8:50:40 AM PST by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: prairiebreeze

Isn't it dangerous to have this stuff floating around loose in the enviroment? That should be alarming, regardless if it is just residue from fuel rods.


5 posted on 11/05/2004 8:51:17 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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Nothing to see here people, just left-over from the pre-Pharaoh days.


6 posted on 11/05/2004 8:57:37 AM PST by vollmond (Head back to base for debriefing and cocktails.)
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To: dmartin
“From time to time, these things [plutonium wink wink] pop up ...” said a diplomat familiar with the ... International Atomic Energy Agency.


Intermission at El Baradei's "We've-Got-Plutonium and Thermonuclear-Weapons-for-Any-Islamic-State" Terrorist Show


7 posted on 11/05/2004 8:57:42 AM PST by Diogenesis (Cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet.)
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To: dmartin

The UN would probably like to see terrorists get nuclear weapons.


8 posted on 11/05/2004 9:02:14 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal Creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it.)
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To: Diogenesis

LOL!!!


9 posted on 11/05/2004 9:07:48 AM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: dmartin

“Most of the time, there is a reasonable
answer.”


There can be nothing remotely reasonable about the association of plutonium and Egypt.


10 posted on 11/05/2004 9:08:12 AM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Diogenesis

LOLOLOL


11 posted on 11/05/2004 9:28:35 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: dmartin
“From time to time, these things pop up in places they should not be at,”
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Thanks to our military, they won't be popping up in Iraq.

12 posted on 11/05/2004 10:08:01 AM PST by doug from upland (Michael Moore = a culinary Pinocchio ---- tell a lie, gain a pound.)
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To: Moonman62

Well, it would certainly justify a militarization of the UN.


13 posted on 11/05/2004 10:09:39 AM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Domestic Church
Exactly!

Peacetime power reactors don't turn out Plutonium as I understood it.
14 posted on 11/05/2004 10:11:24 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: dmartin

Tag it and put it into a bunker marked "Loot Me" and then the NYTimes can blame it all on Bush again...


15 posted on 11/05/2004 10:17:45 AM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: dmartin
Very interesting. A couple of quick notes about plutionium:
16 posted on 11/05/2004 10:32:26 AM PST by steveegg (Why does Fox not call Iowa or CNN call Iowa and New Mexico? Because Bush won both states!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Peacetime power reactors don't turn out Plutonium as I understood it.

Modern US civilian reactors don't, but other designs do pump out plutonium (e.g. breeder reactors). The only "victory" that the Peanut Farmer got from North Korea was that Krazy Kim (allegedly) gave up a type of reactor that does produce plutonium.

17 posted on 11/05/2004 10:35:19 AM PST by steveegg (Why does Fox not call Iowa or CNN call Iowa and New Mexico? Because Bush won both states!)
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To: dmartin

Okay, Egypt - line up directly behind Saddam and stand still (so we can save on bullets).


18 posted on 11/05/2004 10:38:09 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Jeremiah Jr; aculeus; Lijahsbubbe
UN: Traces of Plutonium Found in Egypt

"Did you rip that off?"

19 posted on 11/05/2004 12:42:31 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Nathan Zachary

Not only is it highly radioactive, it is highly poisonous stuff as I remember.


20 posted on 11/05/2004 2:33:17 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: dmartin
The traces could be from a cracked research reactor fuel element or have other origins that have nothing to do with weapons research, they said.

Uh-huh. I believe ya. Sure! < /sarcasm>

21 posted on 11/05/2004 5:28:49 PM PST by rdl6989 (4 More Years! 4 More Years!)
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To: dmartin

Maybe Muhammad El Baradei left a suitcase at home with his personal stash.


22 posted on 11/05/2004 8:11:37 PM PST by StJacques
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To: Diogenesis

BTTT!


23 posted on 11/05/2004 10:30:51 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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To: dmartin
Since they don't specify how much Pu was found, we can probably assume that they found a discarded research isotope. Probably a few micrograms of Pu designed for use as a calibrator.

Our government labs sell research isotopes like this all the time, and it is really no big deal unless you ingest the stuff: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/isotopes/r_pu242.html

Until we get more info, this should be regarded as a non-story.

24 posted on 11/06/2004 9:12:34 AM PST by e_engineer
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To: dmartin

USA: Traces of brains found at UN.


25 posted on 11/06/2004 10:08:03 PM PST by fire_eye (Socialism is the opiate of academia.)
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To: dmartin
“From time to time, these things pop up in places they should not be at,” said a diplomat familiar with the investigations

Yes, and it seems always in Islamic Nations. Pure Co-inky-dink I am sure.

26 posted on 11/07/2004 12:31:50 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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