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News number: 8711041011

19:17 | 2009-01-23

Nuclear

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IAEA to Investigate Use of Depleted Uranium in Israeli Ammunition

TEHRAN (FNA)- The UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday it would investigate Israel's use of ammunition containing depleted uranium during its 22-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip.



Arab countries in a letter this week called on Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei to conduct an investigation into the issue. The letter was delivered by the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the nuclear watchdog agency.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming confirmed the receipt of the letter. "We are circulating the letter to member states and will investigate the matter to the extent of our ability," she said.

The exact course of action would be decided after consultation with member states.

The Israeli ambassador to the IAEA, Israel Michaeli, declined to comment.

Depleted uranium is a waste product of uranium enrichment and has a number of civilian and military applications, including its use in weapons to penetrate tanks and armor plating.

Investigations have been carried out into its use in ammunition in conflicts such as the 1991 Persian Gulf War and 1994-95 NATO air strikes in the Balkans.

Depleted uranium could pose a health risk, however, in the form of dust found at impact sites.