December 16th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

Russia seizes radioactive objects from flight to Iran

Russian authorities seized radioactive material from the luggage of a passenger on a flight from Moscow to Tehran on Friday.

The luggage, belonging to an Iranian citizen, contained 18 metal objects packed in individual steel cases, Russia's Federal Customs Service said in a statement. The agency said the material, the radioactive isotope sodium-22, can be obtained in a nuclear reactor.

Initial tests showed that radiation levels of the objects were 20 times above normal, the customs service said.

The Russian atomic agency Rosatom, however, said sodium-22 is exclusively used for medical and scientific research and does not have a high radiation level. Rosatom contradicted the custom agency's claim that the material can only come from a nuclear reactor.

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  1. chrissy

    Do you really believe the middle east is a nuclear free zone??

    December 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    IT SOUNDS LIKE SOME ONES HAVING A CHRISTMAS PARTY AND THERE WAS GOING TO BE A GIFT EXCHANGE.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. a flock of seagulls

    And Iran
    Iran's so far away
    And Iran
    He couldn't get away
    With his 22-Na

    December 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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