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U.N.: Traces of Plutonium Found in Egypt

U.N. experts have found traces of plutonium near an Egyptian nuclear facility and are investigating whether it could be weapons-related or simply a byproduct of the country’s peaceful atomic activities, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, warned against assuming that Egypt might have contravened the Nonproliferation Treaty by trying to separate plutonium, a substance used in nuclear weapons. The traces could be from a cracked research reactor fuel element or have other origins that have nothing to do with weapons research, they said. “From time to time, these things pop up in places they should not be at,” said a diplomat familiar with the investigations of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. “Most of the time, there is a reasonable answer.”Full Story

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