Libya: IAEA says more than two tons of natural uranium missing


The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Wednesday that efforts are underway to find more than two tons of natural uranium missing from stockpiles held in Libya.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Authority told CNN in an email that an audit on March 14 found that “approximately 2.5 tons of natural uranium” contained in 10 barrels was missing.

“Safeguards Agency inspectors found that 10 drums containing approximately 2.5 tons of natural uranium in the form of uranium ore concentrate were not, as previously stated, at any location in the state of Libya,” the IAEA said in a statement.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi briefed the agency’s member states and officials are working to find out what happened to the uranium and where it is now, the statement said.