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Rosatom has ruled out the possibility of Chechen militants getting possession of, or creating, a nuclear bomb
Russia's Federal Nuclear Energy Agency (Rosatom) has ruled out the possibility of Chechen militants getting possession of, or creating, a nuclear bomb. "A nuclear bomb is a very complicated technical product. The best minds, particularly in Russia, have spent years creating it. Only a country with a high-tech level of development, but never a terrorist organization, could create a nuclear bomb," an agency spokesman told RIA Novosti. Nuclear bombs require two crucial components - huge sums of money and a certain amount of fissionable materials (plutonium or highly enriched uranium), the press service said. "Theft or loss of at least the approximate amount of fissionable materials required for making a nuclear bomb have not been registered in Russia or elsewhere," the spokesman said. The International Atomic Energy Agency's database registers not only facts of theft, but even attempts at stealing any nuclear materials. "The total number of attempts to steal fissionable materials and their amount is not enough to make a bomb," the agency's press service said. It also noted that exploding a nuclear bomb is no simple matter. "The blasting system is very complex and even a ready bomb cannot be easily triggered," the press service said.
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