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Gaddafi left Nuke material exposed

world Updated: Dec 04, 2010 23:28 IST

An environmental disaster was kept secret by the US last year when a large consignment of highly enriched uranium in Libya came close to cracking open and leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere.

The incident came after the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, went back on a promise to dispose of the weapons-grade uranium, apparently out of pique at a diplomatic slight received in New York when he was barred from pitching a tent outside the UN.