Nuclear Watchdog Chief Warns of Nukes Falling Into the Wrong Hands

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

Included in his remarks was the warning that risk of nuclear material  falling into the hands of terrorists is very real.

“Another risk is nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists. Some people do not believe this is a real risk. But the IAEA has a database and, on average, every two days we receive information about the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials or radioactive materials and this may only be the tip of the iceberg.”

Amano would not specify where the “loose nukes” threat lies, only saying that terrorists target the weakest link in the network.

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