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The president of Georgia confirmed Wednesday that his country seized a shipment of highly enriched uranium, and blamed Russia for creating the instability that allows nuclear smugglers to operate in the region.
In an interview with The Associated Press, President Mikhail Saakashvili declined to divulge details of the seizure but said the uranium was intercepted last month coming into his country in the Caucasus region of southeast Europe.
During the brief August 2008 war, Russia destroyed much of Georgia's military infrastructure and occupied the two territories.
Only Venezuela, Nicaragua and the South Pacific island nation of Nauru have followed Russia's example and recognized both regions as independent states, while the rest of the world considers them part of Georgia.
Russia has since taken steps to establish long term military bases close to the territories' borders with Georgia proper, and Saakashvili said it has been building up its artillery there, posing a menacing threat to Georgia. In the interview, Saakashvili appealed for more western support, saying western involvement in the region is his country's best defense.
Originally posted by yellowcard
This is a big deal, it only takes a few ounces of highly enriched uranium to make a bomb big enough to flatten New York City.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
anybody want to take a guess
of where that shipment was going ????
It contained 64 kg of uranium..a yield of about 15 kilotons.
Severe structural damage to buildings extended about 1 mile (1.6 km) in radius from ground zero, making a circle of destruction 2 miles.