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UN Says Seized Iraqi Nuclear Material Not 'Significant' Danger

The UN's nuclear agency says it believes nuclear materials seized by insurgents in Iraq do not pose a significant danger.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a reply to Reuters on July 10 that "on the basis of the initial information, we believe the material involved is low-grade and would not present a significant safety, security, or nuclear proliferation risk."

Iraq told the United Nations in a July 8 letter that "terrorist groups" had seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the northern city of Mosul.

Iraq's envoy to the UN said in a letter seen by Reuters that nearly 40 kilograms of uranium compounds were seized.

In recent weeks, insurgents from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have seized huge swathes of northwestern Iraq.

Based on reporting by Reuters