Report: Iran short on uranium

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    Western powers believe Iran is running short of raw uranium for its nuclear program and are urging producer nations not to sell to Tehran, The Times reported on Saturday.

    The British newspaper said Britain's Foreign Office late last year ordered its diplomats in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Brazil – all major uranium producers – to lobby their governments on the issue.

    "Countries including Britain, the US, France and Germany have started intensive diplomatic efforts to dissuade major uranium producers from selling to Iran," the newspaper said.

    The Western governments accuse Tehran of trying to acquire nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear energy program. Iran denies the accusation and says it only wants nuclear power in order to generate electricity.

    The enriched uranium required for use in nuclear reactors or weapons is produced in centrifuges that spin uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6) at high speeds. The UF6 is derived in a chemical reaction from "yellow cake", a concentrate obtained from mined uranium ore.

    The Times quoted sources as saying Iran had nearly exhausted its stock of yellow cake, of which it had acquired several thousand tonnes from South Africa in the mid-1970s.

    A spokesperson for Britain's Foreign Office declined to confirm the Times report but said:

    "It's essential to dissuade Iran from progressing towards the technology for a nuclear bomb. This risks sparking off a regional nuclear arms race. In a region which already faces huge security and other challenges, nuclear proliferation would be disastrous for stability."

    The World Nuclear Association lists the top 10 uranium mining nations in 2007 as Canada, Australia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Niger, Namibia, Uzbekistan, the United States, Ukraine and China. Brazil was 13th.

    Report: Iran short on uranium - Israel News, Ynetnews
     
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    If the strategy is successful, I might go as far as to say, very good!
     
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    Despite the IAEA and many others claiming that there is a lack of evidence that Iran has broken the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and despite this report that they're short on uranium I do not expect our stance on Iran to change in the very least. We will continue to harass them about their alleged production of WMD's the same way we did with Iraq.
     
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    "The fact of the matter is that the Iranians may get 2.6 kg of highly-enriched uranium, but the Pakistanis have hundreds -- thousands of kilograms of highly-enriched uranium."

    Joe Biden at the DNC debate in 2007.

    I think our focus needs to be at securing Pakistan. I don't think Iran is a threat. I think they've got a leader who just has a big mouth and that's about it.
     
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    well, head on over davey. we'll be rooting for you.
     
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    I can't help but think it a shame that an entire nation, including its citizens, gets screwed out of the potential for nuclear energy because of the rhetoric and actions of its government, especially without 100% rock solid proof to support the collective cause of prevention in the first place.
     
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    Not so good if our harassment leads to another unnecessary war over make-believe WMD's.
     
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    But you think the Iraq war would have been unnecessary even if Saddam had WMD, right? And similarly, you think that if Iran is developing nuclear weapons it's none of our business, right? Isn't that what you mean by a non interventionist foreign policy?
     

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