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Two Radioactive Smuggling Cases Reported
Three men have been detained in recent weeks for carrying radioactive material in separate cases in Asia and Africa (see GSN, Feb. 25).
In Tajikistan, authorities nabbed a suspected drug smuggler carrying 3 grams of factory-grade plutonium. The man’s name was not released, but authorities said he was from neighboring Uzbekistan, according to Agence France-Presse.
The plutonium probably came from Russia or Kazakhstan, said Avaz Yuldashev, spokesman for the Tajik drug control agency.
“The arrested man confessed that he intended to sell the plutonium to citizens of Afghanistan or Pakistan for $21,000,” Yuldashev said (Agence France-Presse, March 15).
Meanwhile, Zambian intelligence officers arrested two men Feb. 16 with an unspecified amount of bomb-grade uranium, Reuters reported. The two men were detained at the Lusaka Stock Exchange on the day of a planned visit by Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa.
Both men remain in custody today but have not been charged, their lawyer told Reuters.
The uranium is being tested, officials said (Shapi Shacinda, Reuters/ Yahoo!News, March 15)
Feb. 13, 2014
The article is part of a collection examining civilian HEU reduction and elimination efforts. It details current French HEU policies, progress reducing and eliminating the civil use of HEU in France, and remaining challenges.
Feb. 13, 2014
The article is part of a collection examining civilian HEU reduction and elimination efforts. It details current German HEU policies, progress reducing and eliminating the civil use of HEU in Germany, and remaining challenges.
This article provides an overview of Tajikistan’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.