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Nuclear: 2.5 tons of uranium disappeared from a site in Libya

On Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported the disappearance of about 2.5 tons of natural uranium from a site in Libya, according to a statement sent to Agence France-Presse.

During a visit on Tuesday, UN inspectors found that 10 containers containing about 2.5 tons of natural uranium in the form of uranium concentrate (“yellow cake”) were not there. Where it was announced by the authorities. Director General Rafael Grossi wrote in a report to the Member States.

The IAEA specifies that it will conduct “additional” verifications in order to “clarify the circumstances of the disappearance of this nuclear material and its current location.”

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Libya abandoned its nuclear weapons development program in 2003 under the auspices of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Since its fall in 2011 after 42 years of dictatorship, the country has plunged into a major political crisis, with competing forces stationed in the east and west, and countless militias and mercenaries spread across the country, against the backdrop of foreign intervention.

Two governments are competing for power, one based in Tripoli (west) and recognized by the United Nations, and the other backed by the eastern Libyan strongman, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

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