UN urges Libya to sell off uranium cache

December 22, 2011 19:49

UNITED NATIONS  - UN experts are urging Libya to get rid of a large cache of "yellowcake" uranium because the warehouse where it is being kept is neither safe nor secure enough for long-term storage, the UN envoy to Libya said Thursday.

Inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed an inspection of the Tajura nuclear facility in Tripoli and a warehouse in Sabha that stores yellowcake, a concentrated uranium powder, on Dec. 9, UN special envoy to Libya Ian Martin told the Security Council.

"In an initial debriefing the IAEA conveyed its overall conclusion that none of the previously reported nuclear materials in either facility had gone missing," Martin told the 15-nation council via video-link from Tripoli.

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