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A nuclear reactor in a less than secure location

The Democratic Republic of Congo

"Despite coup attempts and sporadic violence a fragile peace has held since the formal end of the war. But the...government has no control over large parts of the country and tension remains high in the east". Source.

Not exactly Sweden, is it?

And further, "Only a thin barbed wire fence protects Africa's first nuclear reactor..that today sits dormant on an eroding hill in a country wracked by decades of misrule and conflict. Last month international experts again voiced concern about security at the Kinshasa Regional Centre for Nuclear Studies (Cren), a few weeks before violence killed about 200 more people in the troubled capital. The new warning came in a report stating that United States-supplied uranium bars stored at Cren "are at an enrichment level sufficient to potentially be ... transformed into a nuclear weapon ... or be used as a 'dirty bomb'," according to a copy obtained by Agence France-Presse"....The country, through decades of fighting, dictatorship and political upheaval, has repeatedly been accused of selling its naturally enriched uranium or of being unable to guard against it being removed from the country. According to some observers, more than 90% of the country’s mining exports, including uranium, slip past the country's customs officers". Source.

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Blogger Tim Worstall said... 11:30 am

A dirty bomb, perhaps, but not a nuclear one.
Also, it's a small research reactor: not a power production one.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:33 am


Yes, I know it is a research reactor, but pretty alarming nevertheless.  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:49 am

Terrifying C but of course we are about two years from a Nuclear Iran which is altogether worse .We will need to shed a few fondly held Liberal delusions to defend our selves and not looking like a nation or crying women would help a little ass well  

Blogger Tim Worstall said... 12:00 pm

Been known about for years.
Try Michelle Wrong's "In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz".

Believe me, the CIA (etc) have teams of people who go out and buy this stuff. The "black market" is almost entirely composed of spies buying it to get it off the market.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:07 pm

"Mistah Kurtz - he dead".

Apologies for being so far behind the curve.  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:13 pm

In fact C you have inspired me to go a little nuclear myself . I `am always nervous about discussing " Abroad" but hopefully noone will notice  

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