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Georgia Seized Highly Enriched Uranium

From an unfazed Associated Press:

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili (L) to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington April 12, 2010.

Georgia confirms highly enriched uranium seizure

By Desmond Butler, Associated Press Writer

April 21, 2010

NEW YORK – Georgia’s president said his country had seized a shipment of highly enriched uranium, blaming Russia for creating the instability that allows nuclear smugglers to operate in the region.

Russia dismissed the claims Thursday and said Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili’s comments were "unsubstantiated" and amounted to propaganda.

Saakashvili gave few details of the seizure during an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, saying only that the uranium was intercepted last month coming into his country in the Caucasus region of southeast Europe.

The Georgian Interior Ministry said a group of foreign nationals had been detained, and the uranium was in a secure location.

The head of Georgia’s nuclear safety agency, Zaal Lomatadze, told AP Television News in Tbilisi that the "organized group of people tried to smuggle in a small amount of enriched uranium with the purpose of selling it to a would-be buyer."

He said Georgia had registered such smuggling "attempts" involving Russian citizens as well as people from the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia…

Such seizures have come "mostly from the direction of Russia," Saakashvili said

News of the uranium seizure emerged during last week’s nuclear security summit in Washington, which was hosted by President Barack Obama and that Saakashvili attended. It was first reported by Britain’s The Guardian newspaper

Gee, isn’t it funny how we never heard anything about this from our own media watchdogs, until now.

They must have been too busy celebrating the great new nuclear accord between the US and the Soviet Union Russia to notice.

But wasn’t this exactly what Mr. Obama’s new nuclear strategy is supposed to be all about? Stopping the threat of nuclear material getting into the wrong hands?

And where on Earth could all this enriched uranium from Russia be going? And what are Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin doing to stop it?

These are rhetorical questions, of course. But if we had an independent news media, these are the kind of questions they would be asking.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Georgia Seized Highly Enriched Uranium”

  1. canary says:

    I’ll stick with Israel for getting the news on nuclear shipments, and whose got what. The main media keeps reporting from experts, who keep extending the period of time in which Iran could make and lodge a nuclear weapon.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Another minute, another assault on our pocketbooks and our liberties. Again, our ‘humble servants’ threaten us with more police-state fines.

    We haven’t evolve much past medieval Europe after all. . .

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