Russia Seizes Iran-Bound Radioactive Material

Russia seizes Iran-bound radioactive material (Reuters, Dec 16, 2011):

Russia’s customs 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.

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