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. Portland tony

    According to newswire, these were medical trace isotopes...non bomb stuff and perfectly legal.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Half life is 2.6 years. Pretty dang radioactive.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. kyle788

    Whether the objects themselves are used for medical purposes or not seems irrelevant to me, it is likely that an iranian scientist had hopes of reverse-engineering the process used to make it and then hope it teaches them something about the processes used to make more nefarious nuclear materials.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Im with you Kyle, i seriously doubt that man had *good* motives in mind transporting that stuff!

    December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT ( EXTREME PURPLE KUSH SMOKER )

    i heard that iran is building a real time machine like in back to the future...
    .
    al they have left is to build mr.fusion..

    December 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I don't know...it sounds pretty hokey to me, it doesn't sound like they were souvenirs!
    I agree with kyle and chrissy; I *really* don't think medical research was its intended use.

    December 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ Portland tony
    Rightly said
    There is no IAEA report alleging that Iran is carrying on activities to build nuclear weapons.
    Iraq all over again.
    The likes of Bachmann & Gingrich, McCain & other ignoramuses would run with this story spinning their propagandist spiel.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    ok only an idiot would think they werent *trying* to build one! Now being successful, time will tell! I think every country will try to achieve that goal. Only a stupid country would believe they shouldnt and i dont believe they are stupid!

    December 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jenni

    what is this?1986? who cares bout russia anymore.all u reports r so nosy

    December 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ chrissy

    sorry to disappoint you. But the IAEA report says that there is no evidence that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenni

      the IAEA has been proven time and time again to be liars, misinformative, and downright lazy. trusting them is like trusting that 9/11 was not an inside job.u dont need facts when u already know da truth.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    That they might in future is a given.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ saywhat, hun im not disappointed and i read that also. Im just not naive enough to believe that country isnt trying to build nuclear devices! Just because they dont have PROOF doesnt mean it doesnt exist.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Declare M.E a nuclear free zone.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    And no where did it say that passenger was a scientist OR a doctor right? So theres no proof its NOT being used for nuclear devices either! Just sayin...Maybe? Maybe not?

    December 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ Saywhat...M.E?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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