ElBaradei Warns of Nuclear Trafficking Threat

By Meredith Lugo and Peter Crail

In an Oct. 27 statement to the UN General Assembly, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei warned that the potential that terrorists could acquire nuclear and radiological material “remains a grave threat.” He noted that incidents involving the theft or loss of such material “is disturbingly high.”

In sufficient quantities, radioactive material can be used as part of a radiological dispersal device, or “dirty bomb,” spreading radioactive material over a targeted area. Highly enriched uranium and plutonium pose an even greater risk as, with the necessary expertise, these can be used to form the explosive core of a nuclear weapon.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No one word on the illegal production of plutonium in the clandestine reactor in Syria, or the known intent of Iran to produce nuclear weapons.