International Atomic Energy Agency: Finding 2.5 tons of natural uranium, which was declared missing recently

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The International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations said that 2.5 tons of natural uranium ore, which was declared missing recently, was recovered from a site in Libya.

And the agency added in a statement on Friday, according to Reuters: “During the inspection, the agency’s inspectors noticed that barrels that were not present at the declared location at the time of the previous (inspection) had been returned and left close to the declared location.”

On March 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency informed member states that 10 barrels containing the non-volatile carbon compound had disappeared from a Libyan site not under government control.

The agency explained that the amount of fissile material is less than the amount required to make a nuclear bomb, and will need to go through processes known as conversion and enrichment to be usable.

The International Energy Agency indicated that the loss of those barrels would have represented a radiological hazard, as well as nuclear security concerns.

For his part, the Director of the Moral Guidance Department, Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub, responded to what was stated in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report on the loss of 2.5 tons of uranium.

Al-Mahjoub said in a statement that the Secretary-General of the General Command of the Armed Forces said that the site was visited in the south of Libya in the year 2020 by members of the agency, and the existing number was inventoried; Pointing out that the warehouse door was sealed with red wax.

Al-Mahjoub indicated that based on the coordination that took place with the agency and the seriousness of these materials, it was agreed to assign female guards to preserve them.