Speaking at a meeting in Vienna, Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned against a “false sense of security” over the danger of nuclear terrorism.
Amano, holding up a small lead container said to have been was used try to traffic highly enriched uranium in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova two years ago, said it showed a “worrying level of knowledge on the part of the smugglers”.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz repeated Washington’s assertion that al Qaeda had been trying for years to obtain nuclear material for a weapon.
“Despite the strides we have made in dismantling core al Qaeda we should expect its adherents…to continue trying to achieve their nuclear ambitions,” he said.
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