2012 NIS Nuclear Trafficking
2012 Reported Thefts and Seizures
- January 19: Container of radioactive materials reported stolen from Dabaa nuclear power plant construction site
- January 30: Russia: Charges brought against Sr-90 smuggler arrested in March 2011 sting in Khakassia
- January-February: Lebanon: Inspectors find orphan Cs-137 and Sr-90 sources in scrap metal trucks at seaports
- February 21: Ukraine: Authorities seize radioactive package from Vietnam
- February 29: Kazakhstani customs detain Uzbekistan-bound man with measuring tools containing radioactive sources
- April 11: Turkish authorities seize Cs-137 shipment from Georgia
- April 13: Armenia: Two arrested in Sr-90 smuggling case
- May 9: Spain: Moroccan scrap metal truck with Cs-137 tools triggers portal monitoring alarm
- May 23: Russia: Youth sentenced to prison for acquisition and storage of U ore and powder
- May 24: Three HEU traffickers sentenced in 2011 Moldova case (update to case 20110050 and abstract 20110110)
- June 1: South Africa: NECSA officials report April breach of security at nuclear facility
- June 5: China: Customs detect Cs-137 in Japanese-origin metals shipment
- August 28: Bolivian police seize two tons of Uranium
- July 13: U.S.: Two found guilty of conspiring to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran
- July 17: Nigeria: Officials concerned about security at nuclear facilities
Other Items (2012)
- June 27: Launch of multilateral Centers of Excellence focused on CBRN threats is announced
- June 29: Y-12 nuclear security best practices workshop attended by representatives of 21 states
- July 9-13: U.S. and E.U. governments conduct nuclear smuggling exercises with Georgia and Armenia
- July 24: Experts meet under IAEA aegis to improve Illicit Trafficking Database
- December 09: Report on arrests made from Georgian sting operation into nuclear trafficking in April 2012
This material is produced independently for NTI by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of and has not been independently verified by NTI or its directors, officers, employees, or agents.
2012 NIS Nuclear Trafficking
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