The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported the disappearance of some 2.5 tons of natural uranium from a site in Libya, according to a statement.
During a visit on Tuesday, IAEA inspectors "discovered that 10 containers with about 2.5 tons of natural uranium in the form of uranium concentrate (yellow cake) were not present where they had been declared by the authorities," the director general of IAEA wrote. the entity, Rafael Grossi, in a report to the member states.
The UN body indicated that it will carry out "additional" verifications to "clarify the circumstances of the disappearance of this nuclear material and its current location."
No details were provided about the site in question.
Libya abandoned its nuclear weapons development program in 2003, created under former leader Muammar Gadhafi.
Since its fall in 2011 after 42 years of dictatorship, the country has been plunged into a serious political crisis, with rival forces dividing the country into east and west and endless militias and mercenaries scattered throughout the territory, in a context of foreign interference.
Two governments are fighting for power, one based in Tripoli (west) recognized by the UN, and the other supported by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a strong man in eastern Libya.
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