IAEA probes Arab complaint about Israel weapons

January 21st, 2009 - 8:25 am ICT by IANS  

Vienna, Jan 21 (DPA) Arabic states have filed charges with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the weapons Israel used in its recent offensive in the Gaza Strip contained partially-enriched uranium, an official said Tuesday evening.A letter containing the complaint was received by the IAEA Monday, an official of the UN nuclear watchdog in Vienna said.

The complaint letter was delivered to IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei by the Saudi Arabian ambassador. Partially enriched uranium is often used in munitions because it is especially hard.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said the agency had not yet decided how to proceed with the complaint.

The Palestinian Authority is not a member of the IAEA because of its unresolved legal status.

Earlier studies by nuclear experts concluded that, at least during the Balkans wars of the 1990s, use of such substances did not carry a higher cancer risk.

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