Thursday, October 23, 2008

Russia Secretly Ships Uranium

JUBLJANA, Slovenia (AFP)--Slovenia said Thursday that a large load of processed uranium from Hungary had arrived without incident in Russia after passing safely through Slovenian territory.

"The shipment safely arrived on Oct. 22 to its destination: the nuclear facility of Mayak, in Russia," the environment ministry said in a statement published on its Web site.

Transportation of the waste - which could be used to produce nuclear weapons and passed through Slovenia on a specially guarded train - was financed by the U.S. as part of its efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism, the statement said.

The shipment, which, as is the norm, was carried out under strict secrecy until its safe arrival, contained eight containers of used nuclear fuel from a research reactor in the Hungarian capital Budapest, the ministry said.

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