Skip to comments.Russia implores UN to take control of Libya’s ‘unguarded’ yellowcake uranium
Posted on 11/04/2013 4:11:18 PM PST by Pan_Yan
An estimated 6,400 barrels of yellowcake uranium were discovered near the Muammar Gaddafi stronghold of Sabha towards the end of the uprising that resulted in the rulers death in October 2011.
The UNs International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has performed an inventory of the stock which is kept in an ordinary warehouse, next to an estimated 4,000 surface-to-air missiles previously procured from Russia and technically maintains control over it.
Yet a report from a visiting journalist in the UKs Times newspaper last month alleged that the stockpile was in the control of a local weapons dealer, and his men did not even guard the warehouse for fear of suffering radiation poisoning.
"We have no use for the yellow uranium ourselves and are frightened of it," said Bharuddin Midhoun Arifi, a commander of 2000 fighters in Sabha. "My men don't like guarding the site as they believe it will make their skin fall off. So we guard it from a nearby checkpoint. Maybe someone could steal one or two drums if they wanted, but not more."
According to the militia commander, the security vacuum left following the death of Colonel Gaddafi is now attracting Al-Qaeda, which is seeking weapons.
"Qa'ida come to visit me, asking to buy weapons, asking for heat-seeking missiles, asking for uranium," Arifi said. "It started this year when the French sent troops to chase them out of Mali. Qa'ida came to Sabha asking for medical supplies. They received some. Next they came back asking for weapons" including surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down a passenger liner.
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n the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Russia implores UN to take control of Libyas unguarded yellowcake uranium, Pan_Yan wrote:
MAybe Im being cynical but the more chaos in Libya he higher oil prices go. Russia is the largest oil producer in the world.
We exceed Russia in reserves. All oil producers want to see higher oil prices but when it comes at the expence when it becomes unafforadable. It does them little or no good and there are too many producers around including US nobody makes money. Our restrictive energy policies have raised the prices of a comoditity we have pleanty of and it’s been done by design.
But that has nothing with what the Russians are warning about. They have no control over the situation they’re running to the UN about.