ザポリージャ原発に兵器級の濃縮ウランとプルトニウムが大量に貯蔵: ずくなしの冷や水



Ukrainian weapons grade nuclear materials prompt alarm
The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant stores tons of enriched uranium and plutonium, the IAEA director said
The UN’s nuclear watchdog is worried that fissile materials that could potentially be used to produce a nuclear weapon may go missing in Ukraine. The nightmare scenario was shared on Wednesday by Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Grossi sounded the alarm over the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in the south of the country, which was captured by Russian troops in February, but is operated by Ukrainian nuclear specialists. The IAEA is concerned about the challenges it faces in monitoring Europe’s largest civilian nuclear site due to the ongoing conflict, he said.

“Six nuclear reactors, 30,000 kilograms of plutonium, 40,000 kilograms of enriched uranium. And my inspectors do not have access to that,” he said, describing the situation, which he called “unprecedented” and “unsustainable.”

The biggest concern, he added, is that when inspectors are eventually able to take inventory of the stock, “we end up finding out that there are a few hundred kilograms of nuclear weapon-grade material going missing. This is what keeps us awake at night at the moment.”

Commercial nuclear power plants generate plutonium from uranium isotopes as part of the normal operation. Both fuel rods in the reactor core and spent fuel rods contain some of the fissile material. According to various estimates, a ton of spent fuel may contain up to 10kg of plutonium. Theoretically, it can be extracted at a reprocessing plant and used in a nuclear device by a party possessing the necessary technology.

Responding to media coverage of Grossi’s words, Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator rushed to explain that the IAEA chief did not reveal some previously undeclared stockpile of ready-to-be-weaponized materials in Kiev’s possession.

Energoatom accused Wall Street Journal correspondent Laurence Norman of making false statements about the issue, without clarifying which. The journalist tweeted that the amount of nuclear fuel disclosed by Grossi was “striking” and reported that the agency wanted “to be sure no stocks [had] gone missing.”


「6基の原子炉、3万キログラムのプルトニウム、4万キログラムの濃縮ウラン。そして私の査察団はそれにアクセスできない」と、"前例がない""持続不可能 "とする現状を説明した。




エネルゴアトムは、ウォール・ストリート・ジャーナル紙のローレンス・ノーマン記者がこの問題に関して虚偽の発言をしたと非難したが、その内容は明らかにされなかった。同記者は、グロッシ氏が公開した核燃料の量は「驚くべきもの」だとツイートし、同機関が "在庫が(行方不明に)なっていないことを確認したかった "と報じた。

Among the reasons that Moscow listed to justify its attack against Ukraine were statements made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the Munich Security Council in mid-February, when he lamented Ukraine’s consent to relinquishing the nuclear weapons that the USSR had maintained on its territory, and indicated that his country may seek to become a nuclear power. Russia said it could not afford the luxury of dismissing his speech as mere rhetoric, considering Kiev’s hostility and nuclear expertise.



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