Al Arabiya, 24 November 2016 - Gulf countries are following up with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the potential negative effects of a missing nuclear device at the Iranian nuclear reactor in Bushehr. They are especially keen to know what impact it could have on water pollution in the region, a Gulf official has confirmed.
Dr. Adnan Al-Tamimi, Chairman of the GCC Emergency Management Center, expressed his concern over the loss of the radioactive device that was used for industrial purposes. According to reports, the car that was carrying it was stolen and then it was found without it.
Tamimi told al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that the estimates indicate that the radioactive device loses half of its strength 74 days after its activity is suspended. However, this requires caution if the intent behind the incident is to smuggle the device.
Tamimi added that what “raises their concerns is the low safety and security levels in the Iranian Bushehr reactor and the absence of the overall transparency in Iran’s nuclear program.”
He pointed out that there will be cases of early warning in all Gulf countries if the radiation leaks into air and water. He also said that a special training on radiological injuries will be conducted next year in cooperation with the IAEA.