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  • Lavrov: Iran Agrees To Halt 20-percent Uranium Enrichment-- West Must Lift Sanctions

    06/18/2013 10:44:58 AM PDT · by drewh · 8 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | June 18, 2013, 6:00 PM (IDT)
    Iran has confirmed it is prepared to halt its enrichment of 20-percent uranium, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported on the ministry website Tuesday, June 18. He urged Western nations to reciprocate by lifting sanctions. DEBKAfile: It was not clear whether this was a temporary suspension, an absolute halt – or a dodge for getting sanctions eased to enable the incoming Iranian president Hassan Rouhaini get to grips with his top priority, his country’s dire economic straits. Lavrov explained persuasively in his message: “For the first time in many years, there are encouraging signs in the process of settlement of...
  • Why a spy was killed (The Mogilevich-Litvinenko Link)

    01/30/2008 2:12:44 PM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 4 replies · 243+ views
    Guardian ^ | January 26, 2008 | Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
    ...Litvinenko "was giving Scaramella lots of information about Russian and criminal infiltrations in Italy, but most of it was very difficult to verify and crosscheck. It was a little bit out on a limb." In the old days, Litvinenko had been familiar with criminal clans in Russia, now he was making risky approaches to the Italian mafia. Scaramella believed if they could get inside this network, they would be able to leverage much more damaging intelligence about Italian politicians. They spread their net wider. The Litvinenko dossier lists a dizzying roll call of names investigated by the pair, among them...
  • Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Iran in Phone Call

    09/28/2012 1:50:31 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 39 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/28/12 | Jared Favole and Colleen McCain Nelson
    President Barack Obama spoke Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran’s nuclear program and the two reiterated their stance that Iran shouldn’t have a nuclear weapon, the White House said. “The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the President reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security,” the White House said in a brief summary of the call. “The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Their call comes amid increasing tension between the two leaders. Mr. Netanyahu has...
  • Cairo worries as IAEA probes enriched uranium find (Egypt's Secret Nuclear Weapons Program)

    11/14/2010 10:35:42 AM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Unattributed
    VIENNA — Egypt fears being grouped with the likes of Iran and Syria if a UN investigation into traces of highly enriched uranium found in the country isn't brought to a swift end, according to what officials describe as a confidential report from the country's nuclear agency. The particles — enriched close to the levels required to arm nuclear missiles — have been under investigation since being detected by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2007 and 2008. Egypt, a US ally in the Middle East, has said the particles originated from abroad and were inadvertently imported, but the agency...
  • S. Korea:Lee Admin Inquired with British about Enriched Uranium for a Nuclear-powered Submarine

    09/22/2010 7:12:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/22/10
    /begin my excerpts Lee Administration Inquired with British about Enriched Uranium for a Nuclear-powered Submarine Sept. 22, 2010 Lee Myung-bak administration is said to restart indigenous nuclear-powered submarine project(SSX.) The October issue of Wolgan Chosun(note: S. Korean monthly news magazine) reported that President Lee Myung-bak discussed the purchase of nuclear fuel for the reactor of a nuclear-powered submarine at a summit meeting with then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, while visiting Britain to attend the Second G-20 Financial Summit on Apr. 2 of this year. Prime Minister Brown responded that Britain could supply enriched uranium of purity 20% or less...
  • CIA chief warns Iran could have nukes ready by 2012

    06/28/2010 1:08:06 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 6/27/2010 | AFB via Space Daily
    Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, CIA director Leon Panetta warned Sunday. "We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons," Panetta told the ABC network's "This Week" program. Tehran would need a year to enrich it fully to produce a bomb and it would take "another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable," he said. Iran is under mounting international pressure over its suspect nuclear program, which the West fears masks a covert weapons...
  • IAEA report on Iran likely to boost West's opposition to Tehran's fuel swap offer

    05/31/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 207+ views
    (AP) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | Published May 31, 2010 | n/a
    VIENNA SNIPPET: "VIENNA (AP) — Iran has amassed more than two tons of enriched uranium, the U.N. atomic agency said Monday in a report that heightened Western concerns about the country developing the ability to produce a nuclear weapon. Two tons of uranium would be enough for two nuclear warheads, although Iran says it does not want weapons and is only pursuing civilian nuclear energy."
  • The fruits of weakness

    05/21/2010 5:05:05 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 7 replies · 382+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2010 | Charles Krauthammer
    It is perfectly obvious that Iran's latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran's nuclear program. It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult. America's proposed Security Council resolution is already laughably weak -- no blacklisting of Iran's central bank, no sanctions against Iran's oil...
  • Nuclear twist: when Russia's old warheads warm US homes

    04/30/2010 8:35:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 306+ views
    Nuclear Power Daily ^ | 4/11/2010 | AFP via Nuclear Power
    enmity on the melt, uranium from what once were Russian nuclear warheads is used to heat and light American homes, thanks to the Megatons to Megawatts Program -- a successful example of nuclear non-proliferation. The 20-year agreement was signed back in 1994 between Russia and the United States. "Megatons to Megawatts is the most successful non-proliferation program in history," argues Philip Sewell, senior vice-president at USEC, a private US company that runs the agreement that turns highly enriched uranium into lightly enriched uranium. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the administration of George H.W. Bush...
  • President Obama's Next Nuclear Disarmament Move? Enriched Uranium Handouts

    04/13/2010 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 9 replies · 279+ views
    Big Government.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | Marinka Peschmann
    President Obama is convening a Global Nuclear Security Summit in Washington beginning on Monday. “The purpose… would be to achieve the highest levels of nuclear security, which the president believes is essential for enhanced international security and for the peaceful development and the global expansion of nuclear energy…” (italics mine) How would the peaceful development and the global expansion of nuclear energy be accomplished? By Americans supplying enriched uranium to other countries.
  • Mullen: Iran's Goal to Further Enrich Uranium 'Destabilizing'

    02/17/2010 2:20:23 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 297+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | February 16, 2010 | By John J. Kruzel
    Note: The following text is a quote: Mullen: Iran’s Goal to Further Enrich Uranium ‘Destabilizing’ By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2010 – The top U.S. military officer criticized Iran’s recent announcement that it would increase levels of uranium enrichment to 20 percent, saying the move further destabilizes the Middle East. The remarks by Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came after the government in Tehran reportedly vowed on Feb. 9 to produce uranium at higher levels, fueling fears it would move Iran a step closer to obtaining nuclear weaponry....
  • Israel says Iran nuclear plant immune to conventional strike

    12/31/2009 9:33:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 85 replies · 2,473+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/28/2009 | Staff Writers Via Space War
    Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Iran's recently diclosed second uranium enrichment plant is "immune" to conventional bombing. "The new site near Qom is meant for enrichment. What was revealed by the Iranians had been built over years and is located in bunkers that cannot be destroyed through a conventional attack," Barak told parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee. Iran notified the UN nuclear watchdog in September that it was building a second enrichment plant near the central shrine city of Qom, after Washington accused it of covertly evading its notification responsibilities under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Confirmation...
  • 10 Reasons Nuclear Iran Is No Joke

    11/30/2009 5:17:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 560+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 30, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Terror State: A dithering world has for years underestimated the costs of appeasement toward Iran. Tehran's aggressive plans for 10 new nuclear plants show they want dominance, not just a bomb or two. To any informed observer, it's no surprise that Iran is now collecting its 10-to-1 winnings in the high-stakes game Tehran's Islamofascist government has been playing with the free world for years now. There's been a United Nations censure, demands to halt the building of the newly revealed enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom, and multiple rounds of economic sanctions. The U.S., Britain, France and Germany...
  • Iran Refuses To Send Enriched Uranium Abroad [ALERT: More Serious Warnings From Obama!]

    11/06/2009 11:36:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 488+ views
    AFP ^ | November 06th, 2009
    Iran Refuses To Send Enriched Uranium Abroad by Jay Deshmukh TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran is refusing to send its low-enriched uranium abroad for further processing, the influential head of parliament's national security and foreign policy committee was quoted as saying on Saturday. "We do not want to give part of our 1,200 kilos of enriched uranium in order to receive fuel of 20 percent enrichment," Alaeddin Borujerdi told the ISNA news agency. "This option of giving our enriched uranium gradually or in one go is over now. We are studying how to procure fuel and (Ali Asghar) Soltanieh is negotiating...
  • Report: Iran to enrich its uranium if talks fail (Iran still playing Obama and the UN as jokes)

    10/11/2009 5:37:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies · 591+ views
    cnn ^ | 10/11/2009 | cnn
    Iran will move to further enrich its uranium for a research reactor if it cannot obtain the fuel from overseas, semi-official state media reported Saturday. If talks with world powers and the United Nations nuclear watchdog fail, Iran will notify the latter that it will supply fuel for the Tehran reactor, said Ali Shirzadian, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. "The reactor is the major producer of radio medicines in Iran and its current fuel meets its needs for one-and-a-half year," he told the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency. It needs about 150 to 300 kilograms of...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • Officials: Iran has revealed existence of a second uranium enrichment plant

    09/25/2009 12:26:23 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 102 replies · 5,601+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | September 25, 2009 | N/A
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  • U.S.: Iran Nearing Ability to Build Atomic Bomb

    09/09/2009 3:40:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies · 932+ views
    fox news ^ | 9/10/2009 | fox news
    The U.S. said on Wednesday that Iran was moving closer to being able to produce a nuclear bomb by stockpiling enriched uranium. "We have serious concerns that Iran is deliberately attempting, at a minimum, to preserve a nuclear weapons option," U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Glyn Davies, told a meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's 35-nation governing board. "Iran is now either very near or in possession already of sufficient low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon if the decision were made to further enrich it to weapons-grade," Davies said. "(This) moves Iran closer to a dangerous...
  • North Korea says uranium enrichment in final stage

    09/03/2009 5:10:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 880+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 3, 2009
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Friday that it is in the final stages of enriching uraninum, a process that could give the nation a second way to make nuclear bombs. The official Korean Central News Agency said in a report early Friday that North Korea informed the U.N. Security Council it is forging ahead with its nuclear program in defiance of international calls to abandon its atomic ambitions. The dispatch said plutonium "is being weaponized," and that uranium enrichment—a program North Korea revealed in recent months—was entering the "completion phase."
  • Iran Years From Fuel For Bomb, Report Says

    08/07/2009 1:56:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 516+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | August 7, 2009 | Walter Pincus
    Despite Iran's progress since 2007 toward producing enriched uranium, the State Department's intelligence analysts continue to think that Tehran will not be able to produce weapons-grade material before 2013, according to a newly disclosed congressional document. The updated assessment, by the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, emphasizes that the analysis is based on Iran's technical capability and is not a judgment about "when Iran might make any political decision" to produce highly enriched uranium. The intelligence community agrees that a political decision has not yet been made. According to the assessment, State Department analysts think such a decision...
  • N. Korea enriching uranium as leader's health may be relapsing: S. Korea

    06/29/2009 10:09:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 485+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/30/09
    N. Korea enriching uranium as leader's health may be relapsing: S. Korea SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to be "definitely" pressing ahead with uranium enrichment that would give it another means to build nuclear arms, South Korea's defense chief said Tuesday. Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee also said in a parliamentary hearing that recent outside observations concerning North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could suggest he is experiencing a relapse in his health. Kim, 67, reportedly suffered a stroke in August last year but has since recovered enough to reassert control over his secretive regime. Health experts say the...
  • Uranium gives NKorea second way to make bombs

    06/28/2009 10:47:01 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies · 798+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2009 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    After repudiating negotiations on dismantling its plutonium-based nuclear program, North Korea admitted this month to having an even more worrying way to make bombs. Following nearly seven years of adamant denials, North Korea announced it can enrich uranium—a simpler method of building nuclear weapons than reprocessing plutonium. Uranium can be enriched in relatively inconspicuous factories that can better evade spy-satellite detection, and uranium bombs may work without test explosions. The admission—made in a threatening response to a June 12 U.N. Security Council resolution punishing Pyongyang for an underground plutonium bomb test last month—poses a new challenge to the U.S., China,...
  • N. Korea vows to start enriching uranium, weaponize new plutonium

    06/12/2009 11:49:12 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 65 replies · 4,050+ views
    SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Saturday it will start enriching uranium and weaponize all new plutonium, protesting the U.N. Security Council resolution expanding sanctions on it. The North, which triggered the resolution after its second nuclear test on May 25, also said it will "respond militarily" if the U.S. and other countries attempt what it called a "blockade." The resolution calls on states to conduct inspections of North Korea ships suspected of carrying materials related to weapons of mass destruction.
  • Senior Iranian Official: We Did Not Stop Uranium Enrichment during Khatami's Presidency

    06/07/2009 7:16:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 255+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Blog Details Senior Iranian Official: We Did Not Stop Uranium Enrichment during Khatami's Presidency Hassan Rohani, who served as secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council during the Khatami administration, denied Ahmadinejad's accusations that the reformists had suspended Iran's uranium enrichment during Khatami's presidency. He claimed that one of the purposes of the nuclear dossier negotiations during that period was to buy time to complete the construction of the nuclear facilities in Esfahan and Natanz. He added that the Khatami government had not suspended for a single moment either the construction...
  • Iran running 5,000 centrifuges, U.N. oversight harder

    06/05/2009 11:50:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 392+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 5, 2009 | By Mark Heinrich
    VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has expanded the number of centrifuges enriching uranium to almost 5,000 and this has made it harder for U.N. inspectors to keep track of the disputed nuclear program, according to an IAEA report seen by Reuters. Friday's restricted International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report also said Iran had increased its rate of production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) material, boosting its stockpile by 500 kg to 1,339 kg in the past six months. Iran's improved efficiency in turning out potential nuclear fuel was sure to fan Western fears of the Islamic Republic nearing the ability make nuclear...
  • Iran has dramatically increased the amount of low-enriched uranium

    05/10/2009 8:10:14 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 15 replies · 1,101+ views
    Wash Times ^ | May 7, 09 | Bill Gertz
    Iran has dramatically increased the amount of low-enriched uranium produced by its growing number of centrifuges that are part of its nuclear fuel production system. This year's report, known as the Section 721 report after a provision of the 1997 intelligence authorization law, provided more details than a 2007 report. A comparison of the two reports shows that Iran produced 75 kilograms of low-enriched uranium (LEU) in 2007 and about 555 kilograms of LEU last year, described by the CIA as a "significant" increase. Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful and not intended to make atomic weapons. The findings,...
  • Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Nuclear Program Chief Aghazadeh Give Details of Nuclear Plan

    05/08/2009 3:56:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,057+ views
    MEMRI.ORG ^ | May 8, 2009 | N/A
    Special Dispatch - No. 2349 May 8, 2009 No. 2349 "Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Nuclear Program Chief Aghazadeh Give Details of Nuclear Plan" SNIPPET: "Following are excerpts from a TV program on Iran's National Day of Nuclear Technology, which aired on Channel 2, Iranian TV, on April 9, 2009." SNIPPET: "The third stage of the project is uranium enrichment. This huge and complex project has been fruitful in the Natanz region. By now, approximately 7,000 centrifuges have been installed, and in the course of the five-year plan, this figure will rise to 50,000. Let me use this occasion to inform...
  • Canadian charged in attempt to ship banned nuclear technology to Iran

    04/17/2009 8:27:40 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 405+ views
    National Post | 2009-04-17 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO -- A Toronto man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to export nuclear technology to Iran. Mahmoud Yadegari, a Canadian citizen, was to appear in court this morning to face federal customs charges but he may face additional charges for violating a United Nations embargo. Mr. Yadegari attempted to "procure and export" pressure transducers used in the production of enriched uranium, the RCMP said in a statement this morning. He was allegedly purchasing the materials in the United States, and sending it to Dubai but the end destination was Iran, said RCMP Sgt. Marc Laporte. While enriched uranium is...
  • US may ease nuclear demands on Iran: report

    04/13/2009 11:49:39 PM PDT · by DTAD · 15 replies · 630+ views
    The United States could be set to scrap its demand that Iran stop enriching uranium in the early stages of talks on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, local media reported Tuesday. The New York Times said US and European diplomats have considered allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium for some period while talks get off the ground, a sharp shift in policy.
  • Obama's Iran Crisis: It's arriving faster than he seems to think.

    03/03/2009 11:14:07 PM PST · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 962+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 2, 2009
    As a Presidential candidate, Barack Obama called a nuclear Iran "a grave threat" and insisted "the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." But he also called for direct, high-level talks in the hopes that the mullahs could be persuaded to abandon their nuclear dreams. We've never held out much hope for those talks, which would inevitably be complicated and protracted. Now it turns out that the rate at which Iran's nuclear programs are advancing may render even negotiations moot. That's one conclusion to be drawn from the latest report by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency. Among...
  • "It's worse than we thought": Iran has enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb

    02/21/2009 4:01:39 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 692+ views
    THE AUSTRALIAN via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | February 21, 2009 | n/a
    February 21, 2009 SNIPPET: "IRAN has for the first time amassed enough enriched uranium to make an atom bomb, the UN's nuclear watchdog declared yesterday." SNIPPET: "Media reports said yesterday the agency had made the find during its annual physical inventory of nuclear materials at Iran's desert enrichment plant at Natanz, 210km south of Tehran."
  • Iran holds enough uranium for bomb

    02/19/2009 2:41:21 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 43 replies · 944+ views
    ft.com ^ | 2/19/9 | Daniel Dombey
    Iran has now built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday. In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme, UN officials said Iran had produced more nuclear material than previously thought. They said Iran had now accumulated more than one tonne of low enriched uranium hexafluoride at a facility in Natanz. If such a quantity were further enriched it could produce more than 20kg of fissile material – enough for a bomb. “It appears that Iran...
  • Discovery Of Enriched Uranium In Syria and al-Qaida Super-sized 9-11 Attack Threatened

    12/19/2008 6:11:21 AM PST · by ebiskit · 66 replies · 9,284+ views
    richardcochrane.hypocrisy.com ^ | November 10th, 2008 | Richard Cochrane
    Israeli says “We told you so.” Investigators from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) which works under the auspices of the United Nations have found traces of enriched uranium in Syria, a sign the country had been attempting to develop a nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported Monday. The enriched uranium was discovered at the same site of a North Korea built and Iran financed reactor which was destroyed by what many feel was a combined bombing by the Israeli Air Force jets and special operations forces in September 2007. The raid has been criticized as illegitimate but this discovery lessens...
  • MSNBC: "Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq" So what ever happened with this story??

    11/02/2008 6:23:15 AM PST · by J. E. Quidam · 25 replies · 1,930+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 5, 2008 | MSNBC
  • 500 Tons of Uranium Yellowcake Moved From Iraq to Canada

    10/28/2008 1:31:19 PM PDT · by hamburglar · 94 replies · 4,033+ views
    A national defense analyst says President Bush should be commended for keeping quiet about a discovery that could have blown his critics out of the water. Retired Major General Jerry Curry is a decorated combat veteran who served as an Army aviator, paratrooper, and Ranger during a military career that began during the Korean conflict. He recently wrote on his blog about a very under reported story by the Associated Press. According to the report, a large stockpile of concentrated natural Uranium, known as "yellowcake," reached a Canadian port to complete a top secret U.S. Operation that included a two-week...
  • Iran says it will not stop uranium enrichment

    10/05/2008 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 268+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 10/4/08 | reutuers
    Iran will not stop uranium enrichment even if it is guaranteed supplies of nuclear fuel from abroad, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday.
  • Nuclear agency says Iran has improved enrichment

    09/15/2008 8:27:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies · 212+ views
    iht ^ | Published: September 16, 2008 | By Elaine Sciolino
    Iran has substantially improved the efficiency of its centrifuges that produce enriched uranium, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday, indicating that the nation has overcome some of the technical challenges that had plagued its enrichment program. In a six-page report, the agency charged the Iranians with continuing to stonewall about what some Western governments suspected was Iran's past research on designing a nuclear weapon. The agency acknowledged that it had failed "to make any substantial progress" in its investigation. "We seem to be at a dead end," said a senior official with links to the agency. "We would describe...
  • Yellowcake journalism

    07/19/2008 10:55:05 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 49 replies · 864+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 19, 2008 | Editorial
    Remember Joe Wilson? He's the diplomat who went to Niger to investigate Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium, a raw material used in building nuclear bombs, from Africa. He wrote in a July 6, 2003, New York Times op-ed that he had spent the previous February in Niger, "drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people ... associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place." A story that has to be the most underplayed...
  • President Bush was Right, As Evidenced by This Month’s Sale of Saddam’s Uranium and More

    07/12/2008 7:22:49 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 39 replies · 252+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/12/2008 | Yomin Postelnik
    If anyone doubts the need to have ousted Saddam, a news release in the past few days should put such doubts to rest. The report is that the US has sold 550 tons of yellowcake uranium that had been found in Iraq to Cameco, a Canadian company. The uranium will now be used as fuel and poses no severe risk if properly stored and sealed. While the report contains no new information per se, it brings to the forefront pertinent facts that, while widely available, were also widely ignored. But when analyzing military and security matters, we can ill afford...
  • Uranium Traces Found on N. Korean Tubes

    12/21/2007 2:51:34 AM PST · by notes2005 · 14 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2007 | By Glenn Kessler
    U.S. scientists have discovered traces of enriched uranium on smelted aluminum tubing provided by North Korea, apparently contradicting Pyongyang's denial that it had a clandestine nuclear program, according to U.S. and diplomatic sources. The United States has long pointed to North Korea's acquisition of thousands of aluminum tubes as evidence of such a program, saying the tubes could be used as the outer casing for centrifuges needed to spin hot uranium gas into the fuel for nuclear weapons. North Korea has denied that contention and, as part of a declaration on its nuclear programs due by the end of the...
  • Russia Stores Plutonium With U.S. Help

    09/01/2007 2:12:42 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 4 replies · 367+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | Sept 01, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    By DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press Writer YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Amid tense relations between the United States and Russia, two prominent American arms control advocates Friday toured a storage facility designed to hold tons of plutonium and enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and former Sen. Sam Nunn, co-authors of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, were escorted through the high-security Mayak Fissile Materials Storage Facility — built to withstand assaults from terrorists and a direct hit from a jet. Russia plans to store up to 25 metric tons of plutonium from dismantled nuclear weapons at...
  • Iran 'has 100 kg of enriched uranium'

    06/22/2007 10:34:50 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies · 575+ views
    Gulf News ^ | Published: June 22, 2007, 14:58
    Iran has 100kg of enriched uranium in storage, the interior minister said on Friday, in a statement that may concern the countries in the west who fear Iran is planning to build nuclear weapons. However, a senior Iranian nuclear official cast doubt on the claim, saying, "The figures are not correct." Iran has repeatedly refused UN demands to halt its uranium enrichment, a process to make fuel for nuclear power plants that can also provide material for weapons if enriched to a much higher degree. Tehran says its intentions are entirely peaceful.
  • Highly enriched uranium found in Iran

    09/01/2006 9:33:47 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 91 replies · 4,636+ views
    United Press International ^ | September 1, 2006
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency told the U.N. Security Council its inspectors have found new traces of enriched uranium in Iran. The discovery marked the third instance that highly enriched uranium was found at an Iranian facility, but the IAEA said the nuclear fingerprint on the new discovery does not match that found on earlier samples, which the agency had concluded came from contaminated equipment from Pakistan, The New York Times reported Friday. The 6-page IAEA report did not identify where the uranium might have originated or whether it was connected to a secret...
  • Iran - IAEA finds traces of enriched uranium in location where Tehran denies activity

    05/12/2006 4:13:49 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 4,012+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | May 12, 2006
    The IAEA discovers in Iran of new enriched uranium traces VIENNA - the IAEA discovered uranium traces highly enriched on an Iranian nuclear site where Teheran contradicted in the past to have carried out this kind of experiment, to AFP diplomats Friday in Vienna indicated. These uranium particles highly enriched were discovered in taking away carried out by the inspectors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the research center of Lavizan, close of Teheran, shaved in 2004 by the Iranian authorities, one specified same sources.
  • Brazil joins world's nuclear club

    05/06/2006 1:49:19 PM PDT · by traumer · 37 replies · 950+ views
    Brazil has joined the select group of countries with the capability of enriching uranium as a means of generating energy. A new centrifuge facility was formally opened on Friday at the Resende nuclear plant in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian government says its technology is some of the most advanced in the world. The official opening follows lengthy negotiations with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the IAEA. Brazil has some of the largest reserves of uranium in the world but until now the ore has had to be shipped abroad for enrichment - the process which produces...
  • Iran admits to producing higher grade uranium [Over 4% now.]

    04/30/2006 4:31:13 PM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies · 372+ views
    Iran has enriched uranium to more than 4 per cent, an Iranian official said, a level higher than Iran previously told the UN nuclear watchdog but still well below the range needed to make nuclear weapons. Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency two weeks ago that it had enriched uranium to 3.6 per cent, a level which the agency confirmed from samples. According to experts, uranium enriched to a range of 3 to 5 per cent is used in atomic power reactors. Uranium needs to be enriched to 80 per cent or more to make nuclear weapons, which...
  • Iran Flaunts Low-Level Enrichment to Conceal High-Powered Weaponizaton Plant

    04/15/2006 8:05:18 PM PDT · by strategofr · 50 replies · 958+ views
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report ^ | April 14, 2006, 7:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim of Iranian success in low-level uranium enrichment was more bombastic than frank. Before springing his disclosure at a sacred mausoleum in the northern town of Mashhad on April 11, DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources disclose he paid a stealthy visit to Neyshabour in Khorassan, 38 kms to the southeast. There, he inspected a project he omitted to mention in his Mashhad speech about low-level enrichment, namely, a top-secret plant under construction that is designed to run 155,000 centrifuges, enough to enrich uranium for 3-5 nuclear bombs a year. This is Project B, or the hidden face of...
  • Iran Leader: 'We Are a Nuclear Country'

    04/13/2006 9:49:53 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 26 replies · 1,119+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Thursday, April 13, 2006 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Thursday that Iran won't back away from uranium enrichment and said the world must treat Iran as a nuclear power. The comments were made as Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrived in Tehran for talks aimed at defusing tensions over Iran's nuclear program. "Our answer to those who are angry about Iran achieving the full nuclear fuel cycle is just one phrase. We say: Be angry at us and die of this anger," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "We won't hold talks...
  • Iran Vows to Ramp Up Uranium Enrichment

    04/12/2006 7:33:00 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 6 replies · 308+ views
    AP ^ | AP | Staff
    Iran Vows to Ramp Up Uranium Enrichment Apr 12 8:05 PM US/Eastern Email this story By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer TEHRAN, Iran Iran intends to enrich uranium on a scale hundreds of times larger than its current level, the country's deputy nuclear chief said Wednesday, signaling its resolve to expand a program the international community insists it halt. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran for the first time had succeeded on a small scale in enriching uranium, a key step in generating fuel for a reactor or fissile material for a bomb. The U.N. Security Council has...