British ships in Japan to carry plutonium to US

TOKYO: Two British ships reached Japan for transportation of plutonium to the United States for storage under an agreement between the two countries. This plutonium can be enough to make dozens of atomic bombs. The ship is parked at the coastal village of Tokai near Tokyo. According to reports the plutonium filled casks will be loaded on the ship. The ship is fully equipped with naval guns and security measures are being taken for it protection.

The Pacific Egret and Pacific Heron, both operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd., will take the 331 kilograms (730 pounds) of plutonium to the Savannah River Site, a U.S. government facility in South Carolina under a pledge made by Japan in 2014. The plutonium, mostly from the U.S. and some from France originally, had been used for research purposes.

Monitoring Desk