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Iran's President Visits Uranium-Rich Niger
Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 1:26 PM EDT

Posted on 04/16/2013 1:05:50 PM PDT by drewh

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the uranium-rich West African nation of Niger on Tuesday, although officials discounted that the mineral was the reason for his visit.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou denied international speculation that Iran had come in search of uranium for its enrichment program, which Western powers suspect might aim to produce nuclear weapons.

The two-day stop in Niger is the second on Ahmadinejad's trip to West Africa. He already has visited Benin and is due to visit Ghana before returning home.

The West has imposed several rounds of punishing sanctions on Iran in an effort to force the country to scale back its uranium enrichment program.

Iran has refused, insisting its program is for peaceful purposes, and says it has a right to enrich under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Last week, Iran announced two nuclear-related projects to expand capabilities to extract and process uranium.

Iran already has uranium mines and the ability to turn the raw ore into a material called yellowcake, which is the first step in the enrichment chain.

But the new facilities - expansion in the country's largest uranium mine and processing facility - give Tehran greater access and control in making the raw materials for enrichment to nuclear fuel and, potentially, for warhead-grade material.

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1 posted on 04/16/2013 1:05:50 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Obviously, Ahmedinejad got a letter from a Nigerian that he needed help transferring $35 million dollars out of Nigeria to his bank account, but would need the routing number, the account number and a social security number.

Obama has offered to let Ahmedinejad use the social security number he got many years ago.


2 posted on 04/16/2013 1:09:14 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: drewh

He’s there for the chick-peas.


3 posted on 04/16/2013 1:17:16 PM PDT by marron
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To: nuconvert; txhurl

Ping.


4 posted on 04/16/2013 1:19:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: drewh

He’s there fpor a suntan. I hope he visits the mines and gets a real sunburn.


5 posted on 04/16/2013 1:31:01 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: ZULU

I wonder if they are going to sell the Iranians the same yellow cake that the Iraqis never had.


6 posted on 04/16/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: drewh

Alert Joe Wilson so he can tell us there’s no yellow cake in Niger...or something.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 1:57:13 PM PDT by what's up
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8 posted on 04/16/2013 2:02:31 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: drewh
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Oh, wait... nevermind.

9 posted on 04/16/2013 2:40:57 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: ZULU

I don’t understand how his plane stays aloft.


10 posted on 04/17/2013 8:30:28 PM PDT by Yehuda
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