Pakistan has denied various news reports by British media that a package containing uranium, which arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport in December, originated from the country.
In various articles published by multiple British media outlets, including Sky News and the Guardian, the media outlets claimed that UK investigators had evidence the radioactive uranium found in a metal bar shipment originated from Pakistan. According to one news outlet, the uranium was being sent to Iranian nationals living in the United Kingdom.
The reports follow a statement from London’s Metropolitan Police force that confirmed they intercepted a package with “a very small amount of contaminated material” was intercepted. The seizure has caught the attention of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office, who said in a statement that they would “not comment on live investigations…but operationally, we do not currently assess that this poses any threat to the public.”
Despite the accusations, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, said, “No information to this effect has been shared with us officially. We are confident that the reports are not factual.”