Via Power Line:
Does this news story bring back memories, or what? Iran is arranging to buy yellowcake in Africa:
A leaked intelligence report suggests Iran will be awarded with exclusive access to Zimbabwe’s uranium in return for providing the country with fuel.
The report – compiled by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog – said Iran’s Foreign and Co-operative Ministers had visited Zimbabwe to strike a deal, and sent engineers to assess uranium deposits. …
Uranium ore, or yellow cake, can be converted to a uranium gas which is then processed into nuclear fuel or enriched to make nuclear weapons. …
Zimbabwe’s uranium stocks consist of an estimated 455,000 tons at Kanyemba, north of Harare. One metallurgist with knowledge of the deposit said it would take two to three years of development before it produced uranium and it would be exhausted in about five years.
Iran, of course, takes the long view. That report should be read in tandem with the Jerusalem Post’s story titled “New Evidence of Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions.”
The Jerusalem Post article states that the new National Intelligence Estimate
reportedly revises the conclusions of a controversial 2007 NIE on Iran, which argued that the regime had halted its clandestine work on a nuclear weapons program.
In other Iran news, Mary O’Grady writes,
Chávez May Be Violating Iran Sanctions
If the evidence is proven true, the Obama administration may be forced to revise its energy policies
Evidence surfaced recently showing that the Venezuelan state-owned oil monopoly, known as PdVSA, has been selling “reformate”—used to upgrade the quality of gasoline—to Iran in violation of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act (Cisada) of 2010. If the documents turn out to be authentic, Hugo Chávez is baiting President Obama. Failure to respond will undermine not only Cisada but U.S. credibility more broadly.
Hugo’s probably making a safe bet, considering how Obama would rather stay at the golf course.
Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Iran, all working in one direction.