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BH Sunday, 3 June, 2001, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Apocalypse tomorrow?
Hiroshima: A former cinema after the infamous 1945 attack
The smuggling of plutonium to make nuclear bombs has been a staple of Hollywood blockbusters for many years.

Thankfully at the end of all of these movies, the countdown stops and the hero saves the day.


I think the next rung in the escalation ladder will be a nuclear explosion...it will happen

Dr Frank Barnaby, Oxford Research Group

But in real life, there's a real problem - recognised this week by the international nuclear watchdog.

There are people who want to smuggle plutonium to make nuclear bombs. Who are they and can they really be stopped?

Dan Damon reports on the International Atomic Energy Authority's concerns about on the growing threat of plutonium falling into the wrong hands.

And the alarming consequences of what could happen if it did...

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