Libya's Arms Development Surprises U.N.
Program, which dates to the early 1980s, has produced plutonium and assembled the basic components to enrich uranium for a weapon. Libya was operating a more advanced and longer-running program to develop nuclear weapons than outside intelligence agencies and nuclear watchdogs had imagined, according to a confidential report Friday by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. The analysis by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, showed that Libya’s program dated to the early 1980s and had succeeded in producing a small amount of plutonium and assembling the basic components to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. Libya announced in December that it was abandoning its nuclear weapons program after months of secret negotiations with the United States and Britain. As part of its decision, Libya opened its nuclear sites to inspectors from the IAEA. Full Story