Fate of Libya’s ‘Yellowcake’ Uranium Still in the Air

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 23, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

Libya still has not de­cided what to do with urani­um ore con­cen­trate amassed un­der its late dic­tat­or, Agence France-Presse re­por­ted on Monday.

The coun­try was re­portedly hold­ing 6,400 bar­rels of the “yel­low­cake” urani­um at a ware­house in Sabha.

For­eign Min­is­ter Muhammad Ab­dul Aziz said his coun­try “is try­ing to de­term­ine if the con­cen­trated urani­um can be used for peace­ful nuc­le­ar en­ergy pur­poses or sold to coun­tries which use the product for peace­ful pur­poses.”

An in­de­pend­ent think tank in Tripoli, though, has re­portedly ad­vised the gov­ern­ment to use the ma­ter­i­al in its nas­cent nuc­le­ar-power pro­gram, as well as for “in­dus­tri­al and ag­ri­cul­tur­al de­vel­op­ment.”

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