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service said on Friday it had seized radioactive sodium-22, an isotope
that is used in medical equipment but has no weapons use, from the
luggage of a passenger planning to fly from Moscow to Tehran.
The service said in a statement that the material could be obtained only
"as a result of a nuclear reactor's operations" but did not say when it
had been discovered at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport.RELATED:'New nuclear plant being built in Isfahan'The material triggered an alarm in the airport's radiation control system and a luggage search led to the discovery of 18 pieces of the radioactive metal packed in individual steel casings, it said.
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The passenger boarded the plane for Tehran and left Russia, the customs service said. It added that the passenger was Iranian national. Russian law enforcement agencies opened criminal investigation into the incident.Sodium-22 can be used for calibrating nuclear detectors and in medical equipment, nuclear experts said.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
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