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British ship loaded with plutonium bound for US after leaving Japan

An armed British ship believed to be carrying enough plutonium to make about 40 atomic bombs has left a port in eastern Japan to transport the shipment to the US for storage.

Kyodo News agency said the British-flagged nuclear fuel transport ship Pacific Egret left the port in Tokai village, north east of Tokyo, Tuesday, one day after arriving with another armed ship that had waited off-shore.

Tokai is home to Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a research complex where the plutonium had been used for research.

The ship, operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd, was to take the 331 kilograms (730lb of plutonium to a US government facility in South Carolina under Japan's 2014 pledge.

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