UN reports cases of unlawful use of nuclear material in 2019


Vienna, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) In 2019, there were 189 incidents closely related to nuclear and radioactive material, including smuggling and illegal use cases, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported today.

Vienna, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) In 2019, there were 189 incidents closely related to nuclear and radioactive material, including smuggling and illegal use cases, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported today.

According to a report published in this city, six of the unauthorized activities and events are related to traffic or illegal use of nuclear and radioactive material.

Reports are registered in the IAEA Incident and Illicit Traffic Database, which has been since 1995 supported by 140 States for international cooperation and information exchange.

The IAEA Head of the Division of Nuclear Safety, Raja Raja Adnan, stated that some of these reports are closely related to the potential use for weapons, and other cases also involved attempts to sell the material at the cross-border level.

In his opinion, these examples prove the international nature of illegal trafficking, and the need to strengthen cooperation to counter these threats and challenges worldwide.

Among the most dangerous nuclear materials is highly-enriched uranium and plutonium, used in nuclear plants and for Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) also known as ¨dirty bombs¨.

Since 1993, 3,686 incidents have been reported to the database, out of which 290 were related to confirmed or probable smuggling or illegal use.

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