French plutonium shipment set for Japan
March 2, 2009
France is set to send recycled nuclear fuel to Japan in what environmentalists say is the biggest ever plutonium shipment and one that increases the chance of nuclear proliferation.
"We confirm the preparation of a shipment to Japan of MOX fuel," said a spokesman for nuclear group Areva at its plant in La Hague in northern France where the MOX is stored after being made from used Japanese nuclear fuel.
MOX, or mixed oxide, is a blend of plutonium and reprocessed uranium that Japan, which has virtually no natural energy resources, wants to start using for the first time.
The environmental group Greenpeace said on its website that transporting MOX was "unsafe, insecure and unnecessary".
"This is the first MOX transport to Japan for eight years. This will be the largest shipment of plutonium in history - the MOX fuel elements contain a total of 1.8 tonnes of plutonium.
"That's enough to make 225 nuclear weapons," it said. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news...0302-8lli.html Da li će nakon Indije,Pakistana, i Japan imati N oružje?