Georgia Reports an Attempt to Smuggle Uranium Georgia says its security services have foiled an attempt by a Russian smuggler to sell weapons-grade uranium. Georgia's Interior Ministry says the man was arrested as he tried to sell a few ounces of highly enriched uranium for $1 million to a Georgian agent. The man said he had access to much more uranium.
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Georgia Reports an Attempt to Smuggle Uranium

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Georgia Reports an Attempt to Smuggle Uranium

Georgia Reports an Attempt to Smuggle Uranium

Georgia Reports an Attempt to Smuggle Uranium

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The Georgian government says its security services have foiled an attempt by a Russian smuggler to sell weapons-grade uranium on the black market.

Georgia's Interior Ministry says the man was arrested as he tried to sell a few ounces of the highly enriched uranium for $1 million to a Georgian agent posing as a member of a radical Islamist group.

The material had been refined to the level that could be used, in larger quantities, in a nuclear weapon. The smuggler told the agent the uranium was just a sample, and that he had access to up to 10 pounds of the material.