The IAEA denounces the disappearance of 2.5 tons of uranium concentrate in Libya

He International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has denounced the disappearance of 2.5 tons of uranium in a facility in Libya after its inspectors paid a visit earlier this week.

An IAEA spokesperson has reported in a statement to Europa Press that “Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director General, reported that during the verification activities carried out last Tuesday, the agency’s safeguards inspectors determined that ten containers with approximately 2.5 tons of natural uranium in the form of ore concentrate were not present at a facility in Libya“.

In this regard, he stated that “the agency will carry out activities to clarify the circumstances regarding the withdrawal of nuclear material and your current location”. The facility is outside the control of the unity government, based in the capital, tripoliaccording to sources from the international organization quoted by the British television channel BBC.

Uranium is slightly radioactive

Uranium ore concentrate is slightly radioactive, although You can’t start a nuclear chain reaction. It could only be done if this material is processed in complex facilities and through a series of steps leading to its use for the nuclear power development or even the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

Libya abandoned its program to develop nuclear weapons in 2003, after importing more than 2,000 tons of uranium ore concentrate from Niger between the seventies and eighties during the Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. The country has been plunged into instability since the capture and execution of Gaddafi in October 2011 in the framework of an armed uprising following the Arab Spring.

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