Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This Is Serious: Moldova

The Telegraph in the UK reports the seizure of 4 pounds of enriched uranium in Moldova (the small country between Romania and Ukraine). This is bomb grade material.

The paper states:

Police found 1.8 kilograms (four pounds) of the substance Uranium-238 in a garage in the capital Chisinau where it was under guard and in a special container, according to the interior ministry.

Enriched uranium is a vital ingredient for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons.

Chisinau is 90 miles from Odessa and the Black Sea. The Telegraph concludes:

The source and intended destination of the uranium was not immediately clear. Experts have repeatedly expressed fears over traffickers obtaining nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union with the aim of selling them on to rogue groups in the hope of making a so-called dirty bomb.

The US confirmed what the material was. This is enough for a small weapon or a large dirty bomb. Coverage seems to be lacking in the US. Perhaps we should be concerned?