Illicit trafficking of nuclear material and other radioactive sources

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Turkish Atomic Energy Authority
As it is known, for the fact that the illicit trafficking and trading of nuclear materials are being increased over the past few years because of the huge demand of third world states. Nuclear materials like uranium, plutonium, and thorium are used in nuclear explosives that has very attractive features for crime groups, terörist groups and, the states that are willing to have this power. Crime groups that make illegal trade of nuclear material are also trying to market strategic radioactive sources like red mercury and Osmium. This kind of illegal trade threats public safety, human health, environment also it brings significant threat on world peace and world public health. For these reasons, both states and international organizations should take a role in dealing with illicit trafficking. An important precondition for preventing this kind of incidents is the existence of a strengthened national system for control of all nuclear materials and other radioactive sources. Further, Goverments are responsible for law enforcement within their borders for prevention of illegal trading and trafficking of nuclear materials and radiation sources
I. Avrasya Nükleer Bilimler ve Uygulamaları Konferansı : 23-27 Ekim 2000. İzmir, Türkiye.
Nuclear materials, Nükleer malzemeler, Illicit trafficking, Yasa dışı ticaret, Radioactive sources
Yılmazer, A., Yücel, A., Yavuz, U., (2000). Illicit trafficking of nuclear material and other radioactive sources. I. Eurasia Conference on Nuclear Science and Its Application, Presentations, Vol 1, (s. 4-7). 23-27 October 2000. İzmir, Turkey.