Turkish Police seized rare Explosive with Possible Nuclear Utility
On 21 September, Turkish Police seized Red Mercury, a rare Substance which is sold at USD 1 million per Liter, at a Police Checkpoint in Turkey´s Kayseri Province. Red Mercury is, among others, used for triggering Hydrogen Bombs. The explosive contraband was seized from two Turkish and one Syrian national.
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , - The Turkish newspapers Aydinlik Daily and Birgün report that police in Turkey´s Kayseri province has seized the rare explosive, Red Mercury at a police checkpoint.
Reportedly, one of the three people in the car, in which the high explosive was found, is a Syrian national. All three were arrested for the possession of rocket warheads and foreign substances.
Police had stopped the vehicle during a security check on the Kayseri – Malataya highway, on Saturday 21 September. While inquiring into the identities of the three occupants of the vehicle the police officers learned that one of them was a Syrian citizen, prompting them to inspect the car more closely. The Turkish – Syrian border has become very porous since the Turkish government of Prime Minister Erdogan began supporting the insurgency in Syria, leading to security problems in Turkey.
During the search, the police officers found a rocket warhead-like object and a liquid. A closer inspection showed that the container held the rare and explosive substance Red Mercury.
Red Mercury is sold at USD 1 million per liter. The high price is not only determined by its rarity but for having both stabilizing characteristics as well as a high blast effect.
Red Mercury is primarily known for its use in nuclear weapons. It is used as a stabilizer in warheads of intercontinental ballistic missile systems, and hydrogen bomb explosions can be triggered with Red Mercury without the need of a nuclear pre-explosion.
Turkey has long been known as a significant shipment route for nuclear contraband the former Soviet Union into Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Between 1993 and 1999 eighteen nuclear trafficking incidents were reported from Turkey.
The cases include nuclear material that was seized in Turkey, material en route to Turkey, and the seizure of nuclear material, smuggled by Turkish citizens.
Up to date, none of these cases is known for having involved highly enriched Uranium or Plutonium, and the cases vary in significance. However, the seizure of Red Mercury in Turkey, under the given regional, political circumstances could be significant.
An increasing amount of evidence supports that the chemical attacks in the Damascus East Ghouta area on 21 August 2013, as well as the chemical weapons attack in the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo were perpetrated as “false flag” attacks by foreign backed insurgents and terrorists.
Within this context, and within the context of Russian top-diplomats, including Russia´s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, describing US policy in terms of being determined to show who “calls the shots in the Middle East” the seizure of the Red Mercury gains extra dimensions, beyond that of nuclear proliferation.
The question, whether an attempt was made to “set-up the Syrian government” as having a covert nuclear weapons program or as participating in nuclear proliferation, to justify US aggression against Syria or further sanctions against Iran is not necessarily a far fetched one.