Nuclear Energy and Health
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On the other hand, nuclear power is not without security risks. This includes the risk of nuclear accidents, the issue of disposing nuclear waste, and the proliferation of nuclear material and information. If nuclear power plants are built in countries with weak corrupt and unstable governments, the risk of nuclear accidents as well as nuclear proliferation is worrying. For instance, Pakistan, ranked by the Foreign Policy Magazine as “critical”, has nuclear facilities and even nuclear warheads. Iran has long been suspected by the United States intelligence that it would use its commercial nuclear programme to develop nuclear material that could be used for military purposes (Webersik 2010). The same applies to North Korea, a country that is regularly clashing with its immediate neighbour, South Korea. Egypt has nuclear facilities, and the recent outbreak of violence and subsequent power vacuum increases the risk of countries or terrorists groups to take advantage of the unstable political situation, acquiring nuclear material for the purpose of building and using a dirty bomb, a composite of conventional explosives and radioactive material.