Radioactive Material Seized from Iraqi Nuclear Plant

(New York Times) American officials have seized about 1,000 sources of radioactivity and nearly two tons of low-enriched uranium from Iraq's Tuwaitha nuclear center, and airlifted the material to the U.S. on June 23, the Energy Department announced Tuesday. While none of the materials were usable in a nuclear bomb, the uranium could have been further enriched to make a weapon, said Bryan Wilkes, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration. He also said the radioactive sources could have been mixed with conventional explosives to make a "dirty bomb."

2004-07-07 00:00:00

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