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Global Security Newswire

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog to Audit Libyan 'Yellowcake' Uranium

December 10, 2013

U.N. inspectors are set next month to examine a cache of uranium ore concentrate reportedly held at a one-time Libyan armed forces installation, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency auditors would "verify existing stockpiles and conditions of storage," said Tarek Mitri, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy to the African nation.

He said the United Nations has received indications that an army unit is overseeing 6,400 barrels of the "yellowcake" uranium at a site near the Libyan city of Sabha. The surrounding region emerged as a haven for smugglers and extremists following dictator Muammar Qadhafi's 2011 ouster, contributing to fears about the material's security, according to AP.

 

Following a 2011 examination of the uranium, IAEA officials said the bulk and weight of the storage containers reduced the threat of illicit transfer, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. Still, they called for the material to be sold and shipped abroad.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

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