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Uranium From German Reactor Airlifted To Russia

The Russian transport plane in Dresden this morning (epa) December 18, 2006 -- Some 300 kilograms of uranium from a long-closed reactor in the former East Germany are being airlifted to Russia today for reprocessing.

Under heavy security, a truck brought the 18 containers of uranium from the former Rossendorf nuclear-research center to Dresden airport.

Police spokesman Thomas Herbst said the containers were loaded aboard a Russian transport plane, which took off early today.

The uranium is headed for a processing center at Podolsk, outside Moscow.