According to the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog, 2.5 tons of natural uranium has gone missing from Libya, sounding the alarm over potential nefarious uses of the dangerous material. It went missing from a site not under government control, and forces allied to a warlord currently battling the government claim to have recovered the uranium, though this remains unconfirmed. As told to Reuters, the IAEA found approximately 10 drums of natural uranium missing from its designated area. Natural uranium is not immediately usable in weaponry or nuclear reactors, but a complex refinement process can create around 5.6 kilograms (12 pounds) from each ton of natural uranium, according to AP. It now remains to be seen whether the uranium has been recovered and can be verified by the UN, or whether it remains lost.
Source: Libya Today March 17, 2023 21:07 UTC