Plutonium carrying British ship headed for US, leaves Japan

Tokyo: An armed British ship believed to be carrying enough plutonium to make about 40 atomic bombs has left a port in eastern Japan to transport the shipment to the US for storage.

Plutonium carrying British ship headed for US, leaves Japan

Representational image. PTI

Kyodo News agency said the British-flagged nuclear fuel transport ship Pacific Egret left the port in Tokai village, northeast of Tokyo today, a day after arriving with another armed ship that had waited off-shore.

Tokai is home to Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a research complex where the plutonium had been used for research.

The ship, operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited, was to take the 331 kilograms of plutonium to a US government facility in South Carolina under Japan's 2014 pledge.

AP

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Updated Date: Mar 22, 2016 15:11:15 IST

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