While Syria uses nerve gas, Iran buys uraniumSeptember 3, 2013
The Iranian appetite for weapons of mass destruction seems to be shared by their Alawite catspaw in Syria. While Bashar al-Assad, the butcher of Damascus, has been busy gassing civilians with sarin, the leadership of Iran has been in secret negotiations to buy additional uranium for their nuclear program from Zimbabwe.
The deal has been struck, notes Global Security Newswire “despite international sanctions,” which appear to be woefully ineffective in achieving Iranian disarmament. Read it all:
Alleged Iranian Uranium Deal With Zimbabwe May Revive Sanctions Debate
Aug. 21, 2013
By Diane Barnes
WASHINGTON — An alleged clandestine deal in which Zimbabwe might sell sensitive nuclear material to Iran could revive debate over the Persian Gulf nation’s ability to import uranium ore, despite international sanctions.
Zimbabwe’s government took pains last week to deny allegations that it was secretly preparing to supply Iran with unrefined uranium, going so far as to hunt down a journalist who had reported the story and to demand a confession that he had fabricated substantiating comments from a government official.
Some analysts, though, say the southern African nation has parsed its denials, leaving open the possibility of backtracking later on, should it ever decide to sell uranium ore to the suspected nuclear arms aspirant.
The Times of London on Aug. 10 quoted a senior official in Zimbabwe’s mining ministry describing a memorandum of understanding “to export uranium to the Iranians.”
The article’s headline describes the understanding as a “secret deal.” Paraphrasing the official, the newspaper said the arrangement was known by “only a handful of people at the top of Zimbabwe’s government.”
If true, the planned transfer of the sensitive material could potentially violate international sanctions against Iran. Washington and its allies contend the Persian Gulf nation has flouted its U.N. atomic safeguards agreement and previously hidden military efforts aimed at ultimately developing nuclear warheads…