Friday, February 2, 2007

Locking the Barn

The Washington Post reports via wire service that US specialists will help the country of George combat nuclear smuggling.

TBILISI (Reuters) - The United States will provide equipment and training to Georgia under an accord on Friday to combat trafficking of radioactive material via the Caucasus state which said last week it jailed a Russian uranium smuggler.

Georgia's border patrols and the country's nuclear regulatory agency will be boosted by U.S. specialist technology and training under the agreement signed by Georgia's foreign minister and the U.S. ambassador.

In January 2007 Georgia was reported to have arrested and jailed a Russian citizen in 2006 for entering the country and trying to sell highly enriched uranium to agents posing as Islamist militants.

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