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Iran's plot to mine uranium in Africa
The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 08/06/06 | Jon Swain, David Leppard and Brian Johnson-Thomas

Posted on 08/05/2006 4:42:49 PM PDT by Pokey78

IRAN is seeking to import large consignments of bomb-making uranium from the African mining area that produced the Hiroshima bomb, an investigation has revealed.

A United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was “no doubt” that a huge shipment of smuggled uranium 238, uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania, was transported from the Lubumbashi mines in the Congo.

Tanzanian customs officials told The Sunday Times it was destined for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and was stopped on October 22 last year during a routine check.

The disclosure will heighten western fears about the extent of Iran’s presumed nuclear weapons programme and the strategic implications of Iran’s continuing support for Hezbollah during the war with Israel.

It has also emerged that terror cells backed by Iran may be prepared to mount attacks against nuclear power plants in Britain. Intelligence circulating in Whitehall suggests that sleeper cells linked to Tehran have been conducting reconnaissance at some nuclear sites in preparation for a possible attack.

The parliamentary intelligence and security committee has reported that Iran represented one of the three biggest security threats to Britain. The UN security council has given Iran until the end of this month to halt its uranium enrichment activities. The UN has threatened sanctions if Tehran fails to do so.

A senior Tanzanian customs official said the illicit uranium shipment was found hidden in a consignment of coltan, a rare mineral used to make chips in mobile telephones. The shipment was destined for smelting in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, delivered via Bandar Abbas, Iran’s biggest port.

“There were several containers due to be shipped and they were all routinely scanned with a Geiger counter,” the official said.

“This one was very radioactive. When we opened the container it was full of drums of coltan. Each drum contains about 50kg of ore. When the first and second rows were removed,the ones after that were found to be drums of uranium.”

In a nuclear reactor, uranium 238 can be used to breed plutonium used in nuclear weapons.

The customs officer, who spoke to The Sunday Times on condition he was not named, added: “The container was put in a secure part of the port and it was later taken away, by the Americans, I think, or at least with their help. We have all been told not to talk to anyone about this.”

The report by the UN investigation team was submitted to the chairman of the UN sanctions committee, Oswaldo de Rivero, at the end of July and will be considered soon by the security council.

It states that Tanzania provided “limited data” on three other shipments of radioactive materials seized in Dar es Salaam over the past 10 years.

The experts said: “In reference to the last shipment from October 2005, the Tanzanian government left no doubt that the uranium was transported from Lubumbashi by road through Zambia to the united republic of Tanzania.”

Lubumbashi is the capital of mineral-rich Katanga province, home of the Shinkolobwe uranium mine that produced material for the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

The mine has officially been closed since 1961, before the country’s independence from Belgium, but the UN investigators have told the security council that they found evidence of illegal mining still going on at the site.

In 1999 there were reports that the Congolese authorities had tried to re-open the mine with the help of North Korea. In recent years miners are said to have broken open the lids and extracted ore from the shafts, while police and local authorities turned a blind eye.

In June a parliamentary committee warned that Britain could be attacked by Iranian terrorists if tensions increased.

A source with access to current MI5 assessments said: “There is great concern about Iranian sleeper cells inside this country. The intelligence services are taking this threat very seriously.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
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1 posted on 08/05/2006 4:42:51 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78

Liberals will claim the Bush whitehouse made up this story.


2 posted on 08/05/2006 4:43:31 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Pokey78

"Joe Wilson" alert ... the liberals need your expert services in Congo to show this is another lie by George Bush. Sweet mint tea and 3rd tier Congolese bureaucrats are waiting your arrival.


3 posted on 08/05/2006 4:46:48 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Pokey78

How can we be sure about any of this until we ship Joe Wilson over there to sample their tea?


4 posted on 08/05/2006 4:47:52 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Pokey78
"the African mining area that produced the Hiroshima bomb,"

I always thought that Americans produced the atomic bomb - with American uranium.

5 posted on 08/05/2006 5:01:39 PM PDT by VanShuyten (One of my hungry and forebearing friends was sounding in the bows just before me.)
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To: Pokey78

Joe and Valerie told me personally that the Bush administration is making this up so we will attack Iran.


6 posted on 08/05/2006 5:13:22 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

"Liberals will claim the Bush whitehouse made up this story. "

Until an Islamic bomb goes off. Then the story will be that the GOP didn't do enough to warn them.


7 posted on 08/05/2006 5:15:50 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Pokey78

I don't know what in the hell has to happen for people to pay attenion to what is about to come to pass.



8 posted on 08/05/2006 5:18:29 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: Pokey78

Uranium isn't as cheap as it was a couple years ago. The African source might be the cheapest around, and the Iranians wouldn't want to be wasting their nuke money for no good reason.


9 posted on 08/05/2006 5:21:17 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Pokey78

Seems this UN report may have been based at least somewhat on British intelligence and we all know British intel just can't be accurate....right?? (sarcasm off)


10 posted on 08/05/2006 5:26:07 PM PDT by fiftymegaton
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To: All

I thought Joe wilson cleared this up


11 posted on 08/05/2006 6:42:31 PM PDT by Kewlhand`tek (Those that can't , Teach. Those that can't teach , Report)
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To: VanShuyten
It was refined to weapons grade here, but no it was mined in the Congo.
12 posted on 08/05/2006 7:07:20 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: FreedomNeocon
Even after it does, the left will want to bow and scrap before their new masters, and will call us troublemakers if we want to do otherwise. Watch.
13 posted on 08/05/2006 7:08:41 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: Pokey78

Skim the pages of Vanity Fair so we will know who to send to the Congo to check this out.

14 posted on 08/05/2006 7:12:20 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Pokey78

looking at the part of the story that refers to iranian sleeper cells in britain - let's face it, their subways were bombed - did they do anything afterwards to root out the islamic extremists inside their own country? now that have this threat about their nuclear plants - what are they waiting for?


15 posted on 08/05/2006 7:14:24 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Pokey78

Can't be true because Joe Wilson told us that there is perfect security for discontinued uranium mines and that there's no way that any significant uranium smuggling can ever take place.


16 posted on 08/05/2006 8:16:23 PM PDT by Enchante (Democrats do want to see victory in the War on Terror.......just not for our side........)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame will be covering for the Iranians!!!!:-(


17 posted on 08/05/2006 8:18:00 PM PDT by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Pokey78

Definition of islamofascists terrorists:

1. Hates anyone outside there religion, period. will kill anyone outside there religion just for kicks. Ultra Hatred for Jewish and Christian peoples. No tolerance of other peoples religions, period. Will commit acts of mass murder.

2. No conscience of killing women, children, older people, those that cannot defend themselves against any acts of islamofascists terrorists. Numerous acts of this is in history and need not be repeated here. As a matter of fact,
islamofascists terrorists hide among the normal civilian populace to conceal their identity and try to give themselves safe harbor while committing their acts of terrorism. islamofascists terrorists Will commit their acts of terrorism from your own back yard of your house(such as setting up and firing rockets from civilian poplace homes and aiming them into another country)to conceal their location and try to give themselves safe harbor from retaliatory action.

3. Any concessions granted to them(islamofascists terrorists) is never enough for them! They always start their demands for whatever it is they want with bloody acts of terrorism. They never ask first, they commit their bloody acts of terrorism then make their demands.

4. Hold out an olive branch of peace to them and they cut your head off! islamofascists terrorists are medeival barbaristic butchers, sick animals that are sub-human, they have no respect for life other than their own and not much of that either! As they are willing to commit suicide, infantacide, patracide to achieve their terrorism.
islamofascists terrorists have no respect for life, period.

5. islamofascists terrorists expect God to reward them for their numerous acts of violence that brings misery and suffering to others including their own brothers and sisters.

6. islamofascists terrorists do not want to make a master race, they want to eliminate the Human Race!


18 posted on 08/05/2006 8:19:22 PM PDT by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: FreedomNeocon

Obviously someone has to drop the big one on us, eh??? Duh!!!


19 posted on 08/05/2006 8:59:38 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: Pokey78

Crap if only Joe and Valerie were not on the covers of People, Vanity fair and Harpers Bazaar, we could have sent them undercover


20 posted on 08/05/2006 9:02:11 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Pokey78

Iran does actually have it's own considerable Uranium reserves.

A new mine was opened last year in fact.


21 posted on 08/05/2006 9:08:31 PM PDT by Dave Elias
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant
"Crap if only Joe and Valerie were not on the covers of People, Vanity fair and Harpers Bazaar, we could have sent them undercover"

LOL! If someone around here could photoshop Joe and Val's Vanity Fair photo with those fake eyeglass/nose/moustache disguises from costume stores (and maybe a pair of really bad wigs), it would make for a true Freeper classic...... "Joe and Valerie prepare to go undercover in Tanzania and the Congo to hunt down illicit uranium shipments to Iran"
22 posted on 08/05/2006 9:47:14 PM PDT by Enchante (Democrats do want to see victory in the War on Terror.......just not for our side........)
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To: Enchante

Stop saying their names! You're exposing agents in deep cover!!!


23 posted on 08/05/2006 11:37:18 PM PDT by DaBadGuy ("Do you know who invented dynamite? No? You know why? Because he blew his frigging FACE off!!!!!")
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To: Pokey78

"We have all been told not to talk to anyone about this.”"


So, the first thing this guy does is go broadcast it to the MSM???????????????????


24 posted on 08/06/2006 12:20:26 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Target the leaders. Once the head is gone, the body will die.)
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To: Pokey78
Iran Did NOT Try To Buy U-238 From The Congo!

[Waiter, another Sweet Mint Tea please.
and with Gin, lots of Gin (hiccup)]

25 posted on 08/06/2006 5:59:39 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: avg_freeper
"How can we be sure about any of this until we ship Joe Wilson over there to sample their tea?"

It isn't that Joe and Valerie aren't patriots, it is just that we don't know what country(or group) they owe their allegiance to.
26 posted on 08/06/2006 6:42:02 AM PDT by KyHammer (Blowed up sir!)
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To: Pokey78
World Net daily has this as a breaking news story today.....

Iran Caught Smuggling U-238"

so what next ?

....are we all gonna just wait until Iran nukes Israel ?......

Or Israel and NYC simultaneously ? ?

27 posted on 08/06/2006 11:06:04 AM PDT by KTM rider ( Support Our Troops Donate to Irey)
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To: Peach; Mo1

all roads lead to Tehran, ping


28 posted on 08/06/2006 1:13:42 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud friend of Israel. We're all Jews now.)
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To: prairiebreeze
A United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was “no doubt” that a huge shipment of smuggled uranium 238, uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania, was transported from the Lubumbashi mines in the Congo.

Until someone, say, the United States, decides to do something about it. And then, all the intel will be called into question. Again.

29 posted on 08/06/2006 2:02:32 PM PDT by Peach (Prayers for Israel and all who love her.)
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To: Peach

true.

We only believe what terrorists and dictators say.


30 posted on 08/06/2006 2:06:00 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud friend of Israel. We're all Jews now.)
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To: prairiebreeze

freepmail


31 posted on 08/06/2006 2:09:04 PM PDT by Peach (Prayers for Israel and all who love her.)
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To: Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ASA Vet; Atigun; ...

MI ping


32 posted on 08/06/2006 2:21:12 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: Peach

returned


33 posted on 08/06/2006 2:22:53 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud friend of Israel. We're all Jews now.)
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To: Pokey78

BTTT !!!


34 posted on 08/06/2006 3:53:36 PM PDT by Nice50BMG (3 books to read this year: The Bible (God), Bringing Up Boys (Dobson), Winning the Future (Newt))
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To: Pokey78

Saddam’s Shadow Africa Energy & Mining June 18, 1997

Copyright 1997 Indigo Publications Africa Energy & Mining

June 18, 1997

SECTION: MINING; DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO; N. 207 LENGTH: 787 words

HEADLINE: Saddam’s Shadow

BODY: It’s not only diamonds and base metals that interest big mining companies and the latter are not alone in being interested in Katanga. In the delegation that the United States sent to Kinshasa on June 2 under its ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, the state department’s African affairs department was represented by Marc Baas, director for Central Africa. (Susan Rice, director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, has just been appointed under secretary of state for African affairs in succession to George Moose). Baas was accompanied by a representative of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and several Defense Department officials. The mission also visited Lubumbashi and met with officials from Gecamines and provincial authorities.

AEM’s sources claim it wasn’t the small research reactor that General Electric installed in 1977 at the university of Kinshasa, and which ceased operating in 1990, that interested the NRC and the military men, but rather the Shinkolobwe uranium deposit. Its resources are negligible from a commercial viewpoint when weighed against those in Namibia and Niger and new discoveries like France’s Cogema has just made in western Canada. They weren’t negligible from the security standpoint, however. The Americans are concerned over a visit to Katanga by the head of the Iraqi Baath party’s international relations section, Shabi Al Maliki, around a year ago. He, too, showed an interest in Katanga’s uranium, and last February another high-ranking Iraqi official reportedly held talks in Kinshasa with the mines minister in the last government of the Mobutu era, Banza Mukalay. The uranium is thought to have also figured in Libya’s proposals in 1995 to supply oil to Zaire in exchange for ore.

Richardson said on June 7 that president Laurent Kabila had given permission for a UN mission to come to the country to investigate the plight of Hutu refugees starting from July 7. Richardson qualified the green light as “a breakthrough on the human rights and humanitarian front.” For his part, Brian Atwood, director of U.S.AID, announced in Brussels on June 11 that potential donors would shortly meet for talks on aiding the Democratic Republic of Congo. But such assistance would be conditional on Congo respecting human rights, Atwood indicated. He added that Washington wanted the Kabila government to succeed because if it did not this could result in violence spreading to other countries. He issued an appeal to all governments to use their influence to halt atrocities which various reports indicate are occurring in the eastern part of the country. He said that “organized groups and independent groups” were attempting to strengthen their positions in the eastern regions.

South Africa, for its part, is putting together a team to advise Kabila on reconstructing the country and reorganizing its finances (AEM 205). Deputy president Thabo Mbeki said last week the team would be ready to leave within days and that its members would be chosen in agreement with the Congo government “to discuss a variety of matters that impact on the socioeconomic situation.”

He added that Congo’s leaders had asked that it consist of officials from South Africa’s “Reserve Bank, the economic ministries and people dealing with infrastructure, public administration and so on.” Officials said south Africa’s foreign minister, Alfred Nzo, discussed Kinshasa’s needs with Congo foreign minister Bizima Karaha at the recent Organization of African Unity summit in Harare. The South African mission will be headed by deputy foreign minister Aziz Pahad.

LOAD-DATE: June 20, 1997

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35 posted on 07/10/2007 3:52:29 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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493. In early 1999, Iraqi officials visited a number of African countries, including Niger. The visit2 was detected by intelligence, and some details were subsequently confirmed by Iraq. The purpose of the visit was not immediately known. But uranium ore accounts for almost three-quarters of Niger’s exports. Putting this together with past Iraqi purchases of uranium ore from Niger, the limitations faced by the Iraq regime on access to indigenous uranium ore and other evidence of Iraq seeking to restart its nuclear programme, the JIC judged that Iraqi purchase of uranium ore could have been the subject of discussions and noted in an assessment in December 2000 that:

. . . unconfirmed intelligence indicates Iraqi interest in acquiring uranium. [JIC, 1 December 2000]

494. There was further and separate intelligence that in 1999 the Iraqi regime had also made inquiries about the purchase of uranium ore in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this case, there was some evidence that by 2002 an agreement for a sale had been reached.

495. During 2002, the UK received further intelligence from additional sources which identified the purpose of the visit to Niger as having been to negotiate the purchase of uranium ore, though there was disagreement as to whether a sale had been agreed and uranium shipped.

496. This evidence underlay the statement in the Executive Summary of the Government’s dossier of September 2002 that: As a result of the intelligence we judge that Iraq has:

. . . - tried covertly to acquire technology and materials which could be used in the production of nuclear weapons;

- sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,despite having no active civil nuclear power programme that could require it . . . and in Chapter 3 of Part 1 of the Government’s dossier that: The main conclusions are that:

. . . - Saddam continues to attach great importance to the possession of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles which he regards as being the basis for Iraq’s regional power. He is determined to retain these capabilities; . . .

- Iraq continues to work on developing nuclear weapons,in breach of its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and in breach of UNSCR 687. Uranium has been sought from Africa that has no civil nuclear application in Iraq.

and:

Iraq’s known holdings of processed uranium are under IAEA supervision. But there is intelligence that Iraq has sought the supply of significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Iraq has no active civil nuclear power programme or nuclear power plants and therefore has no legitimate reason to acquire uranium.

497. In preparing the dossier, the UK consulted the US. The CIA advised caution about any suggestion that Iraq had succeeded in acquiring uranium from Africa, but agreed that there was evidence that it had been sought.

498. The range of evidence described above underlay the relevant passage in the Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons on 24 September 2002 that:

In addition,we know that Saddam has been trying to buy significant quantities of uranium from Africa,although we do not know whether he has been successful.

499. We conclude that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the Government’s dossier, and by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, were well-founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bush’s State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that:

The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. was well-founded.

500. We also note that, because the intelligence evidence was inconclusive, neither the Government’s dossier nor the Prime Minister went on to say that a deal between the Governments of Iraq and Niger for the supply of uranium had been signed, or uranium shipped.

501. We have been told that it was not until early 2003 that the British Government became aware that the US (and other states) had received from a journalistic source a number of documents alleged to cover the Iraqi procurement of uranium from Niger. Those documents were passed to the IAEA, which in its update report to the United Nations Security Council in March 2003 determined that the papers were forgeries:

SBD
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36 posted on 07/10/2007 3:54:39 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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