Home Business British ship believed carrying enough plutonium to make 40 a-bombs leaves Japan...

British ship believed carrying enough plutonium to make 40 a-bombs leaves Japan for U.S.

The Associated Press
TOKYO — An armed British ship believed to be carrying enough plutonium to make about 40 atomic bombs left a port in eastern Japan on Tuesday to bring the shipment to the U.S. for storage.

The ship, operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd., was to take the 331 kilograms of plutonium to a U.S. government facility in South Carolina under Japan’s 2014 pledge.

The British-flagged, armed nuclear fuel transport ship Pacific Egret left the port in Tokai village, northeast of Tokyo, one day after arriving with another armed ship that had waited off-shore, Kyodo News agency reported. Tokai is home to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a nuclear research complex where the plutonium had been used for research.

JAEA refused to confirm the shipping details, citing security reasons.

Japan’s stockpile and its fuel-reprocessing ambitions to use plutonium as fuel for power generation have been a source of international security concerns.

Japan has accumulated a massive stockpile of plutonium — 11 metric tons in Japan and another 36 tons that have been reprocessed in Britain and France and are waiting to be returned to Japan — enough to make nearly 6,000 atomic bombs.

Most Popular

High-profile gangster Gary Kang gunned down inside parents’ house

Kang pleaded guilty last month to several charges related to a massive 2018 Vancouver police investigation and was awaiting sentencing. By Kim Bolan A high-profile Lower...

Richmond murder is suspected retaliation for Kang hit, sources say

By Kim Bolan A convicted drug-trafficker with links to the Wolf Pack and Brothers Keepers (BK) gang was shot to death in Richmond on Thursday...

Mayor of Castlegar resigns following backlash over trip to family cabin

Vancouver: (Vancouver Sun) The mayor of a B.C. city in the West Kootenays has quit following backlash over a trip he took with his...

Thousands of Canadians still travelling to Hawaii, despite pandemic

TORONTO -(CTV News)- In the wake of several Canadian elected officials being caught travelling over the holidays – despite federal health guidelines stating non-essential...