Monday, May 17, 2010

Iran To Ship Nuclear Fuel To Brazil & Turkey for Enrichment

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Iran has crafted an agreement with Brazil and Turkey to ship its low-enriched uranium to Turkey for reprocessing. This is an attempt to prevent international sanctions, which are being threatened by the U.N. Security Council if Iran does not allow third party nations to monitor and manage enrichment of its uranium fuel. Iran will continue to enrich its own uranium. Iran wants to build nuclear weapons and they are trying to disguise their program. They are also obfuscating its program in an attempt to keep the international community from preventing its bomb building program.

Iran will ship 1,200 kilograms 2,600 pounds of uranium enriched to low levels to Turkey to trade it for fuel rods containing uranium enriched to higher levels. This plan is similar to the IAEA proposal, which would remove the majority of Iran's enriched uranium stockpile and delay Tehran's move to build a bomb. Tehran will continue to enrich nuclear fuel up to 20% levels. A nuclear bomb needs fuel enriched beyond 95%. (WSJ, 5/17/10)

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