West Germany: Handle with Extreme Care

Handle with Extreme Care

Transnuklear, a West German nuclear-waste transport firm, first won notoriety last spring when German authorities started unraveling a scheme in which the firm had smuggled 2,438 barrels of falsely labeled nuclear waste into the country. Last week the firm's name hit the headlines again when a tipster alleged that Transnuklear had shipped fissionable nuclear material from the Nuclear Energy Research Center in Mol, Belgium, to Pakistan and Libya. If true, the action violated an international accord that prohibits the export of materials for making nuclear weapons. More important, the radioactive material would aid Pakistan's advanced efforts and Libya's fledgling program to...

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