The town I was born in is red with Beauxite dust. And yes, as you said, it makes commercial sense.
I actually wouldn’t think anything of Iran’s deciding to go nuclear - in the 1970 Westinghouse and a French company were trying to get contracts to build nuclear power plants there, after all - if it wasn’t for the fact the regime (even without taking Ahmadinejad into account) basically cannot be trusted with anything that could lead to nuclear weapons.
Everybody on the planet has to live with the fact of nuclear weapons. It’s been 60+ years and there’s a zillion tons of uranium ore already mined. The know-how is known. If we can’t live with this by now, we’re never going to. Most people are willing to live with the stuff around and the few nutcases that want to do something ‘special’ with it are simply not being allowed. Even Wahabs roll their eyes when Iammadjohn sounds off.