IAEA will inspect Libya's yellowcake

2013-12-10 05:44

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New York - An inspection team from the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit Libya to assess the thousands of barrels of yellowcake uranium that reportedly are being stored in a former military facility amid a "precarious" security situation in the country.

The UN secretary-general's special representative to Libya told the Security Council on Monday that the IAEA team will arrive in the North African country this month to "verify existing stockpiles and conditions of storage".

Tarek Mitri says UN authorities have received information "indicating that 6 400 barrels are stored" in the facility near Sabha under the control of an army battalion.

"Yellowcake" is concentrated natural uranium and the foundation material in the process to make nuclear fuel.

Mitri also says public discontent with militias and slow political progress post-Gaddafi has "mounted significantly".

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