UN Nuclear Watchdog: 2.5 Tons of Uranium Missing in LibyaDUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Some 2.5 tons of natural uranium stored in a site in war-torn Libya have gone missing, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday, raising safety and proliferation concerns. In a statement, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said its director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, informed member states Wednesday about the missing uranium. On Tuesday, “agency safeguards inspectors found that 10 drums containing approximately 2.5 tons of natural uranium in the form of uranium ore concentrate were not present as previously declared at a location in the state of Libya,” the IAEA said. The video footage resembled features of the desert surrounding the uranium stockpile site, though the AP could not immediately locate it. They claimed that a top IAEA official informed them of the “opening” nearly a week earlier than the agency described discovering the missing uranium.
Source: Libya Today March 17, 2023 20:36 UTC