12 October 2004

Nuclear weapons components in Iraq unguarded, missing

The UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency say Iraq's nuclear material has gone missing, the UK Guardian reports. Earlier stories, dating back to the fall of Baghdad, said that these sites were not secured by coalition troops.

Equipment and materials that could be used to make nuclear weapons have disappeared from Iraq, the UN's nuclear watchdog warned yesterday.

Satellite imagery and investigations of nuclear sites in Iraq have caused alarm at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The agency found that in some cases entire buildings housing high-precision nuclear equipment had been dismantled; equipment that could be used to make a bomb, such as high-strength aluminium, had vanished from open storage areas, the agency said.

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