The potassium iodine
pills, which shield the thyroid gland from radioactivity, would not be effective if Iraq struck at Israel with nuclear weapons or a "dirty" radioactive bomb, but rather would provide protection if radiation leaked from a nuclear reactor undergoing a meltdown as the result of a direct hit, an accident or a technical glitch.
If the terrorist used a nuclear weapon or there is an accident at another Three Mile Island, doctors won't have the drug, potassium iodine
, that reduces the risk of thyroid cancer in people exposed to fallout.
Table 36: US Imports of Potassium Iodine
(2006 & 2007 (E)): Percentage Breakdown by Country - Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Others (Volume in Metric Tons and Value in US$ Thousand) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-4