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KYRGYZSTAN: IAEA SEEKS ANSWERS TO RADIOACTIVE SEIZURE

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has lodged a formal request with the Kyrgyz government to provide more detailed data on the troubling incident that unfolded in the last days of 2007. But an IAEA official has told RFE/RL that the Vienna-based nuclear watchdog is still awaiting an official reply from Kyrgyz officials — a week after they announced that dangerous levels of the radioactive substance cesium-137 had been discovered aboard a freight train bound for Iran. The IAEA official added that Bishkek so far had not asked the agency for any assistance or support on the matter. The seizure itself occurred several days before its disclosure by the Kyrgyz government. Full Story

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