Tuesday, March 23, 2004

DRC: more on that uranium

Recall the story from a few days ago that DRC has siezed two cases containing uranium ... AFP reports today that the US has sent a couple of experts to examine the cases. The article also gives some good BG ... note the following allegation ...
And in November last year, a member of the DRC opposition told France's Progres de Lyon newspaper that Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network had bought a case of enriched uranium from a DRC opposition figure, who had sold it to finance a coup.
The story also says that uranium mined in the DRC was used in the bombs dropped on Japan in WWII. In the interest of historical accuracy ... the DRC was not the only source of uranium for the atom bomb project (link).

A casual google search on the issue of DRC's uranium mines brought up this Finaincial Times article from Sept 2002 (archived in a blog) ... best to read it for yourself.