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Scott Morrison has been urged to act over fears Australian uranium could be used to fuel Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

Fears Australian uranium could be seized by Russia for nuclear weapons arsenal

Scott Morrison has been urged to act over fears Australian uranium could be used to fuel Russia’s nuclear arsenal., Alex Blair  9 Mar 22.

The Electrical Trades Union of Australia has called on Scott Morrison to take immediate action over Australian uranium in Ukraine, which analysts believe could be seized by Russia and used to fuel its nuclear weapons arsenal..

In a letter sent to the Prime Minister this week, the ETU highlighted its concerns over Australian obligated nuclear material (AONM) which has been transferred to Ukraine under the Australia-Ukraine Nuclear Cooperation Agreement.

The ETU is urging the Prime Minister to reveal details on any contingency plans set in place following Russia’s invasion, as the Australian government has an “obligation to create a plan for the removal of nuclear material if it is at risk of a loss of regulatory control”.

The ETU has also requested information on whether uranium that was transferred to Ukraine is still stored in the besieged nation.

“Amongst many other horrors, the war in Ukraine is painfully highlighting the inherent problems with nuclear power,” ETU National Assistant Secretary Michael Wright said.

“If Russia is able to gain control of Australian uranium in Ukraine, the fallout could be catastrophic.

“Australians have a right to know if Australian uranium is at risk and what our nation’s obligations are in the event of an incident.

“We not only have an obligation under our own agreement with Ukraine but we owe it to the global community to ensure these materials are protected – preferably by leaving them in the ground.”

It came as Russian President Vladimir Putin was accused of using nuclear “blackmail” to keep the international community from interfering in his Ukraine invasion.

“This is one of the scariest moments really when it comes to nuclear weapons,” Beatrice Fihn, who leads the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, told AFP in an interview on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old, who has spearheaded the group’s global efforts to ban the weapons of mass destruction since 2013, said she had never in her lifetime seen the nuclear threat level so high.“It is incredibly worrying and overwhelming.”

Just days after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of its pro-Western neighbour on February 24, Putin ordered his country’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert, sparking global alarm……………………………

March 10, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium

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