Iran will be receiving a huge shipment of uranium from Russia as compensation for exporting tons of reactor coolant.
Terrifyingly enough, this move was approved by Obama and the rest of his outgoing administration, according to The Big Story. This could allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and attack our allies in the Middle East.
The transfer of 116 metric tons of natural uranium was recently approved by five other world powers in addition to the U.S., according to two senior diplomats. The UN’s Security Council still needs to approve the transfer, but their approval is a mere formality considering the five aforementioned world powers are members of the UN’s Security Council.
While it can be used as simple reactor fuel, uranium can also be used to create the core of an atomic bomb. While Iran says it has no interest in creating weapons of mass destruction from its new materials, it will continue to be monitored under the nuclear pact to make sure it remains peaceful.
The diplomats who spoke up regarding this exchange of deadly materials would only do so if guaranteed anonymity because they are not supposed to be sharing the confidential details of Iran’s nuclear program.
This uranium transfer comes at quite a sensitive time. The incoming U.S. administration and a handful of current U.S. lawmakers are already skeptical of how effective the nuclear deal will be at keeping Iran’s nuclear program peaceful for the long-term. It’s likely that the Republicans now coming into office will view the newest transfer as further evidence that Tehran is being given too much trust.
The anonymous diplomats claim the natural uranium is going to be under strict surveillance from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency for at least the next 25 years. They added that Tehran has not yet released their intentions for the uranium but could decide to turn it into low-enriched uranium for use as reactor fuel or just simply store it.
U.S. officials argued that such shipments would neither endanger nor violate the Iran nuclear deal. Reporters were told by State Department spokesman John Kirby that natural uranium “cannot be used…for a weapon” in its original form, and there’s nothing illegal about an import such as this one to Iran.
Such arrangements are apparently “subject to the careful monitoring and inspections that are included in the deal to ensure that Iran is living up to the commitments they made,” according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
However, according to the Institute of Science and International Security’s David Albright, the shipment has the very real potential of being enriched into enough weapons-grade uranium for more than ten nuclear bombs, “depending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon.”
The transfer from Russia to Iran comes as payment for approximately 40 metric tons of heavy water. An additional 30 metric tons of Russian’s uranium have gone to Oman and the U.S.
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