Skip to comments.'Material to make nuclear dirty bomb remains in Libya'
Posted on 08/24/2011 10:43:15 AM PDT by mojito
VIENNA - A research center near Tripoli stocks uranium and other material that could be used to make a nuclear "dirty bomb" and Libya's rebels will need to secure it, a former senior UN inspector said on Wednesday.
Seeking to mend ties with the West, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi agreed in 2003 to abandon efforts to acquire nuclear, chemical and biological weapons -- a move that brought him in from the cold and helped end decades of isolation.
Olli Heinonen, head of nuclear safeguards inspections worldwide for the UN atomic watchdog until mid-2010 and now at Harvard University, said Libya's uranium enrichment program was subsequently taken apart.
Sensitive material and documentation ranging from nuclear weapons design information to centrifuge components were also confiscated, Heinonen said in an online commentary.
Libya's highly-enriched uranium, which was used to fuel the Tajoura research reactor on Tripoli's outskirts, took longer to remove but the last consignment of spent fuel was flown out of Libya in late 2009.
But "nuclear security concerns still linger", said Heinonen, a former deputy director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Tajoura continues to stock large quantities of radioisotopes, radioactive waste and low-enriched uranium fuel after three decades of nuclear research and radioisotope production, he said.
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I have a better idea. How about *$@@^**! NATO secure it?!!!
But I suppose this is too small a matter to trouble the Vacationer in Chief and disrupt his tee time.
not to mention the 11 tons of Mustard Gas.
the material to make a dirty bomb remains in the smoke detector in my upstairs hallway
Oh gee, the “rebels” will secure that in a responsible manner, too.
What’s there to worry about? Three cheers for the Arab Spring. /s
“Libya’s rebels will need to secure it”
You mean, those guys standing in the backs of pickup trucks and shooting up in the air?
Hold muh falafel
Libya’s rebels will need to secure it....
Not to mention the nuclear bomb plans and components they got from "former" CIA security officer Edwin Wilson.
Not to worry, Doc Brown only gave the Libyans a shoddy bomb casing full of old used pinball machine parts!
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