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Iran To Smuggle 1,350 Tons Of Uranium

From a gladdened Associated Press:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities south of the capital Tehran in 2008.

Intel report: Iran seeking to smuggle raw uranium

By George Jahn, Associated Press Writer

December 29, 2009

VIENNA – Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, according to an intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Diplomats said the assessment was heightening international concern about Tehran’s nuclear activities.

Such a deal would be significant because Tehran appears to be running out of the material, which it needs to feed its uranium enrichment program.

The report was drawn up by a member nation of the International Atomic Energy agency and provided to the AP on condition of that the country not be identified because of the confidential nature of the information.

Such imports are banned by the U.N. Security Council. In New York, Burkina Faso’s U.N. Ambassador Michel Kafando, a co-chair of the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee, referred questions Tuesday about a potential deal between Iran and Kazakhstan to his sanctions adviser, Zongo Saidou. Saidou told the AP that, as far as he knew, none of the U.N.’s member nations have alerted the committee about any such allegations.

"We don’t have any official information yet regarding this kind of exchange between the two countries," Saidou said. "I don’t have any information; I don’t have any proof."

A senior U.N. official said the agency was aware of the assessment but could not yet draw conclusions. He demanded anonymity for discussing confidential information. A Western diplomat from a member of the IAEA’s 35-nation board said the report was causing concern among countries that have seen it and generating intelligence chatter. The diplomat also requested anonymity for discussing intelligence information.

A two-page summary of the report obtained by the AP said the deal could be completed within weeks. It said Tehran was willing to pay $450 million, or close to euro315 million, for the shipment.

"The price is high because of the secret nature of the deal and due to Iran’s commitment to keep secret the elements supplying the material," said the summary, adding: "The deal is to be signed soon." An official of the country that drew up the report said "elements" referred to state employees acting on their own without approval of the Kazakh government.

Officially, the United Nations will pretend to not know anything about this – even though it is their own report – until it is a fait accompli.

Then they will look Allah-ward and sigh, “what can we do about it now?”

And they are the people who are supposed to be keeping watch.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said, "the transfer of any uranium yellowcake … to Iran would constitute a clear violation of UNSC sanctions.

Separately a senior U.S. official who demanded anonymity for talking about confidential information said Washington was aware of the intelligence report, but declined to discuss specifics.

"We are not going to discuss our private consultations with other governments on such matters but, suffice to say, we have been engaged with Kazakhstan and many of our other international nonproliferation partners on this subject in particular over the past several years," he told the AP. "We will continue to have those discussions."

Which is to say that the United States won’t do anything, either.

Maybe they can get our Russian friends to help.

Iran is under three sets of Security Council sanctions for refusing to freeze its enrichment program and related activities that could be used to make nuclear weapons. Tehran denies such aspirations, saying it wants to enrich only to fuel an envisaged network of power reactors.

Any attempt to import such a large amount of uranium ore would be in violation of those sanctions, which ban exports to the Islamic Republic of all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology that could contribute to its enrichment activities…

Ah, yes, sanctions.

They always work.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Iran To Smuggle 1,350 Tons Of Uranium”

  1. Are they crazy? Have they lost their minds? Don’t they know that if Obama hears about this he is going to put a photo-op speech on them like they have never experienced before. Maybe in front of a huge mess of marines. There will be flags and everything maybe even a gun or something. HOW CAN THEY FACE THIS!!! Do they have death wish?

    I pity those poor Ba**ards having to endure an Obama Photo Op (OPO) Speech aimed their most vulnerable citizens. When he says “Let me be clear”. The brave are going to be crying. The strong are going to be trembling. The resolute are going to be begging for mercy. It’s going to be a humiliating sight. Worse than Hiroshima after “Big Boy”.

    “Oh! the inhumanity!” Is it too late? Can somebody stop this? Please! Please! Please! Some one come to their senses before Obama goes on a OPO rampage and wipes out civilization as we know it.

    • ptat says:

      You got it OAC! They must be very fearful of Obama’s words–sticks and stones may hurt their bones, but Obama’s words can really sting, especially when they are “clear”. (It is funny to imagine him disciplining his daughters!I am sure they laugh it off.) Also, I think the Iranians must really fear being treated like law breakers and bringing the full extent of the American judicial system down on them! Horrors! Mean people suck!

  2. Chuckk says:

    I doubt the Iranians are smart enough to do anything with the ore. Maybe they can use it for stoning women.

  3. bill says:

    Iran has Uranium mines … Check the CIA Fact book. That should be sufficient. Maybe this is just another deception?

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    The Iranians are certainly appearing to be spending a lot of money and resources on stuff the Isreali’s won’t put up with for long.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    actually, I think that it isnt yellowcake at all coming in from Kazakstan….most likelyit is some very carefully trans-shipped processed uranium sent by our good friends the Russians..and Iran has already paid for it…this is all window dressing for the gullible idiot msm.

    My other suspicion is that there are a great deal of UN aparatchiks who have had their respective bank accounts fattened by both countries….so those “sanctions” can keep on rolling in and obfuscate the real reason of this whole deal.

    The United States is weak and impotent and Iran knows that there will be zero actual reaction to this entire sham. The Russians know it as well. They love Obama and his “bad boy” administration….oh, yeah, Lurch Kerry is going over to straighten everyone out. Wonder where Hillary is during all this….hmmmmm.

  6. BillK says:

    Per usual, should Iran go through with this, Obama will put a strongly worded letter in Iran’s U.N. file.


    • Right of the People says:

      Oh no, not an Official Reprimand! Anything but that! This is going to spoil their perfect record, no gold star for them.

      Nobody is willing to do anything until that first little nuke explodes in a major western city. Let’s hope that at least it’s Moscow or maybe Paris and not here.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    This is gonna put a lot of camels to work.

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