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To: DoctorZIn
More bomb-grade uranium found in Iran

Fri 2 April, 2004 14:33
By Louis Charbonneau

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic watchdog has found traces of bomb-grade uranium in Iran at sites other than the two already named, but diplomats say it is unclear if this boosts U.S. claims that Tehran wants an atom bomb.

"They found highly-enriched uranium at more sites than Kalaye and Natanz," a Western diplomat told Reuters on Friday on condition of anonymity. The diplomat did not specify how many sites, where they were or when the traces were found.

Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported finding traces of uranium that had been enriched to a point where it contained about 90 percent of the fissile uranium atom U-235 at the Natanz enrichment plant and a workshop at the Kalaye Electric Company.

Uranium with such a high concentration of U-235 has few civilian uses but is the ideal purity level for a nuclear bomb.

Vienna-based sources who follow the IAEA's work confirmed the U.N. watchdog had discovered traces at other sites, but the agency would not comment.

Tehran has said the traces at Natanz and Kalaye came from contaminated centrifuge components purchased abroad. The new traces could still support this explanation.

"One would expect to find traces of uranium everywhere these components were moved or stored," a second diplomat said.

But several diplomats said the further discoveries raised the question of whether Tehran has been engaging in more undeclared nuclear activities at sites it has been hiding from the IAEA.

Under fire over U.S. allegations that its atomic energy programme is a front to build nuclear weapons, Tehran promised France, Germany and Britain last October it would suspend uranium enrichment and accept tougher inspections by the U.N. watchdog in exchange for peaceful nuclear technology.

Iran says its atomic ambitions are limited to the generation of electricity.

Last month, the IAEA passed a resolution deploring Iran's failure to declare potentially arms-related nuclear activities to the agency.

Tehran told the U.N. body the contaminated centrifuge components originally came from Pakistan. The IAEA has asked Pakistan to let it take samples of Pakistani HEU in order to verify Tehran's explanation.

But Pakistan's government, which recently pardoned its top nuclear scientist for leaking secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea, has refused.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=487774&section=news
13 posted on 04/02/2004 8:14:16 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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More bomb-grade uranium found in Iran

Fri 2 April, 2004 14:33
By Louis Charbonneau

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14 posted on 04/02/2004 8:15:05 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The widespread traces indicate a clandestine weapons program.

Iran is very Kerry about its intent, first saying it is only interested in energy, then declaring its right to nuclear weapons.

Pakistan behaves suspiciously, pardoning A.Q. Khan, and stonewalling requests to test its HEU.

An Islamic bomb could be used in a domestic attack on CONUS, torpedoing the stock market and Bush's numbers.

Thus would the Hitlery prophecy be fulfilled of "outside force appearing suddenly to change the outcome".

19 posted on 04/02/2004 4:56:29 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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