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Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build "dirty" bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents. A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a "nuclear 9/11". Read more: www.vancouversun.com...
What is a dirty bomb? A dirty bomb is a mix of explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive powder or pellets. When the dynamite or other explosives are set off, the blast carries radioactive material into the surrounding area.
Have any Russian nuclear weapons gone missing? There have been no confirmed reports of missing or stolen former-Soviet nuclear weapons, but there is ample evidence of a significant black market in nuclear materials. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported more than a hundred nuclear smuggling incidents since 1993, eighteen of which involved highly enriched uranium, the key ingredient in an atomic bomb and the most dangerous product on the nuclear black market.
By Chico Harlan Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, February 1, 2011 TOKYO - A confidential report from a panel of United Nations experts suggests that North Korea may have additional secret nuclear facilities, according to U.N. diplomats who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. The report, prepared for the U.N. Security Council, reinforces a widely held belief within the Obama administration that North Korea has constructed a network of nuclear sites beyond its Yongbyon plant, which U.S. nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker visited in November. The report could also lead to calls for tighter pressure against Pyongyang, which already faces U.N. sanctions designed to choke its nuclear arms program. During Hecker's visit to Yongbyon, North Korean officials revealed a uranium facility that broadened the country's potential for nuclear weapons manufacturing. The U.N. panel, during its subsequent investigation, endorsed Hecker's view that Yongbyon was merely the visible face of a broader project. The site that Hecker visited, now stocked with roughly 2,000 centrifuges, had been used only two years earlier as a fuel rod fabrication plant. In an interview last month, Hecker explained that the centrifuges - "which require years of research and development" - probably were assembled at a site outside Yongbyon.