Belgium fears nuclear terror: Wants to distribute iodine pills to everybody
The entire population of Belgium should be provided with a stock of iodine tablets that protect against radiation, suggests the Belgian Government.
In connection with the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, it emerged that an ISIS-cell planned to kidnap a nuclear expert to build a ‘dirty bomb’. A dirty bomb is a bomb containing radioactive substances which are dispersed over a larger area in the blast.
Since the attacks in the Belgian capital, 11 employees at nuclear power plants in the country have had their security clearances withdrawn.
And now the Belgian Government wants to take further measures to protect the population against potential terrorist attacks and meltdowns at nuclear power plants. All 11 million people in the country must therefore have iodine tablets lying in the medicine cabinet, from next year, proposes the government. The pill reduces the body’s uptake of the radioactivity that is spread by a nuclear accident.
Earlier, the Belgian authorities have issued iodine tablets to people who live within a radius of 20 kilometers from the nuclear
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