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10 drums of uranium missing in Libya, used to make nuclear weapons, UN expresses serious concern



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10 barrels of uranium missing in Libya
2.5 tons of natural uranium disappeared – IAEA
The UN has expressed serious concerns about the security

Vienna, Austria): The United Nations nuclear agency said on Wednesday that about 2.5 tons of natural uranium had disappeared from a site in Libya. Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), informed members of the organization of the disappearance of 10 drums of uranium ore. Inspectors informed the agency on Tuesday. The IAEA released a statement saying it would investigate and attempt to clarify the circumstances.

According to the report by the AFP news agency, IAEA inspectors who visited the site not controlled by the government found that about 10 drums of uranium or 2.5 tons of natural uranium had disappeared. In 2003, Libya made plans to develop nuclear weapons under its former longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, the North African country has been plunged into a political crisis, opposed to coalitions supported by a myriad of foreign powers. It is divided between an interim government in the capital Tripoli in the west and another backed by strongman Khalifa Haftar in the east.

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Gaddafi has found some peace in Libya since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising. Since 2014, political control has been divided between rival eastern and western factions. The organization declined to give further details. However, expressing concern over the loss, he said it was a serious issue for nuclear security.

Tags: nuclear weapons, The United Nations, uranium