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Iran Samples Show Enriched Uranium-Diplomats
Reuters ^ | 07-18-03

Posted on 07/18/2003 6:43:34 AM PDT by Brian S

Iran Samples Show Enriched Uranium-Diplomats

Fri July 18, 2003 09:16 AM ET

By Louis Charbonneau

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors have found enriched uranium in environmental samples taken in Iran, which could mean Tehran has been purifying uranium without informing the U.N. nuclear watchdog, diplomats said.

The diplomats, who asked not to be named, said initial analysis showed enrichment levels possibly consistent with an attempt to make weapons-grade material and high enough to cause concern at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

If Iran, dubbed part of an "axis of evil" by Washington, has been enriching uranium without telling the IAEA, this would deepen U.S. suspicions that its nuclear ambitions go beyond its stated aim of using nuclear energy only to generate electricity.

However, the diplomats said the mere presence of enriched uranium in the samples was not solid proof Iran had done the enrichment itself. Contamination was another possibility, though how it had arisen would have to be explained to the IAEA.

The IAEA declined to confirm or deny the statements of the diplomats, though an agency spokeswoman said IAEA inspectors have been taking samples in Iran.

"The results of environmental sample analyzes are being reviewed at the agency and we expect to take more samples over the next few weeks," Melissa Fleming said. "Only the IAEA will be in a position to judge the significance of the analysis results.

"At this point, we are still in the middle of a complex inspection process in Iran, in which we are investigating a number of unresolved issues," she added.

Iran insists it has no interest in building nuclear weapons, as Washington charges, but has resisted international calls for it to accept tougher inspections of its nuclear program.

It was not clear at which of Iran's nuclear facilities the samples had been taken, nor was it clear whether the IAEA had informed the Iranian government of its initial findings.

CENTRIFUGE TESTS?

At least one senior Western diplomat predicted in June that environmental samples taken by the IAEA would confirm suspicions that Iran continues to hide aspects of its nuclear program -- including live tests of enrichment centrifuges.

Iran has repeatedly denied that it has tested its centrifuges with nuclear material without informing the IAEA,

But diplomats say it makes no sense for Iran to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build big uranium enrichment facilities in Natanz without having tested their centrifuges.

Enrichment is a process which purifies uranium to make it useable in nuclear fuel -- or nuclear weapons.

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Iran has signed, permits uranium enrichment for civilian purposes. However, the United Nations must be informed and the process must be subject to IAEA safeguards inspections.

In June, the IAEA board of governors chided Iran for failing to report many aspects of its nuclear program and asked for more information on research and development in Iran's uranium enrichment program.

The IAEA is expected to report on the results of its most recent inspections in Iran when the board meets on September 8.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; nuclear; southasia; southasialist; uranium

1 posted on 07/18/2003 6:43:34 AM PDT by Brian S
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To: Brian S; DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot
Thanks for the post!

Dr.ZIn and F14 Pilot, here's the story!
2 posted on 07/18/2003 6:45:27 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: All
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3 posted on 07/18/2003 6:46:52 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Brian S
No doubt this is just more sexed up data!
4 posted on 07/18/2003 6:49:29 AM PDT by OldFriend ((Warpaint at the Ready!))
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To: OldFriend
Enriched uranium-diplomats. Now there's a thought.
5 posted on 07/18/2003 6:50:55 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Are our diplomats uranium-enriched?
6 posted on 07/18/2003 6:58:48 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: dixiechick2000
Paging Hanz Blix
7 posted on 07/18/2003 7:00:34 AM PDT by MJY1288 (The Enemies of America can Count on the Democrats for Aid and Comfort)
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To: dixiechick2000
I'm sure many in Iran wouldn't mind "enriching them"... ;)
8 posted on 07/18/2003 7:02:10 AM PDT by Brian S
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To: dixiechick2000
I'm sure our guys aren't :) But maybe we should cut the electricity to the UN and see who glows in the dark. The info might prove useful!
9 posted on 07/18/2003 7:02:51 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla; Brian S; MJY1288
It could be innocent. Perhaps they have too much yellow cake in their diets.

10 posted on 07/18/2003 7:13:40 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: *southasia_list; Ernest_at_the_Beach
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11 posted on 07/18/2003 7:23:41 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: MJY1288
Send in the Mr Magoo squad.
12 posted on 07/18/2003 7:46:13 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Brian S
Probably drifted over from Iraq.
13 posted on 07/18/2003 7:59:42 AM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Call me paranoid but finding '/*' inside this comment makes me suspicious)
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To: Brian S
Liberal-talking points:

Just about everyone is/was pursuing nuclear weapons EXCEPT Saddam Hussein.

14 posted on 07/18/2003 8:00:39 AM PDT by VRWC_minion (Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: mewzilla
Come to think of it.......all our dem pols are uranus enriched!
15 posted on 07/18/2003 8:12:19 AM PDT by OldFriend ((Warpaint at the Ready!))
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To: Brian S
.N. inspectors have found enriched uranium in environmental samples taken in Iran

I'm sure Greenpeace will be all over this like flies on fertilizer! /sarcasm
16 posted on 07/18/2003 8:12:22 AM PDT by adam_az (This space for rent.)
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To: dixiechick2000
No, but they have been boosted with tritium!
17 posted on 07/18/2003 8:20:48 AM PDT by shadowman99
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To: Brian S
Great Post!

If you are interested in keeping up with all the breaking news events regarding Iran, join us at the Iranian Alert daily thread.


18 posted on 07/18/2003 8:27:13 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Brian S
...which could mean Tehran has been purifying uranium without informing the U.N. nuclear watchdog, diplomats said.

I demand that the UN take action on this serious offense immediately.

19 posted on 07/18/2003 8:27:50 AM PDT by New Horizon
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To: New Horizon
I demand that the UN take action on this serious offense immediately.

ROTFLMAO! The only action the UN will take is investigating these diplomats.

20 posted on 07/18/2003 8:42:06 AM PDT by m1-lightning (Let's make Israel the 51st state, then let's forward half of our miltary to our new state.)
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To: Brian S
"However, the diplomats said the mere presence of enriched uranium in the samples was not solid proof Iran had done the enrichment itself. Contamination was another possibility, though how it had arisen would have to be explained to the IAEA."

Egads, if the enriched uranium is a contaminent, then it came from an enriched uranium source. Iran cannot make OR possess it. According to the UN, if Iran enriches the uranium to build a bomb, that's bad. But if they imported it, that's ok.

FOR PETE'S SAKE! PEOPLE GET THROWN IN JAIL FOR POT SEEDS FOUND IN THE ASHTRAYS OF THEIR CARS!!! /rant

21 posted on 07/18/2003 8:43:06 AM PDT by rudypoot
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To: Brian S
Thanks for posting this! Wonder what the spin at the UN is going to be?
22 posted on 07/18/2003 9:07:17 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: OldFriend
Apparently El Baradei is either denying this story, or refusing to confirm or deny, depending upon which lamestream story you happen to come across. Guess ElB needs to glow in the dark first.
23 posted on 07/18/2003 12:19:06 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Brian S
Iran samples. yuck.
24 posted on 07/18/2003 2:36:34 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Beginning to think the Administration's BIG failure was not to dispense with N.Korea before Iraq!)
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To: Beck_isright; American in Israel
PING!
25 posted on 07/18/2003 3:07:15 PM PDT by Orion78 (FREE IRAN!)
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To: rudypoot
Iran's nuclear weapons program growing at secret sites, rebel group alleges (8/14/02)
Iran's nuclear plant progress 'eye-opening' (3/10/03)
Iran denies nukes, refuses inspectors (5/7/03)
Iran 'violating nuclear treaty' (5/8/03)
UN Finds Fault with Iran on Nuclear Obligations (6/6/03)
26 posted on 07/18/2003 3:10:53 PM PDT by Orion78 (FREE IRAN!)
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To: shadowman99
Nothing but the best for our guys, eh?! ;o)
27 posted on 07/18/2003 4:03:57 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: m1-lightning
Sorry. I forgot the </sarcasm> tag on that one.
Like your tagline...damn good idea.
28 posted on 07/18/2003 7:50:09 PM PDT by New Horizon
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