Posts Tagged ‘uranium’

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Taliban arms dealer released from Guantanamo

January 19, 2015

Mohammed Zahir

Taliban weapons trafficker and drug smuggler Mohammed Zahir has been released from his Guantanamo jail cell back to freedom in Afghanistan by the Obama administration. Described by the Telegraph as “a leading Taliban weapons supplier,” Zahir reportedly had Stinger missiles and uranium on his property in Afghanistan prior to his arrest years ago. Zahir intended to use the uranium to produce an “atom bomb,” earning him a designation by Daniel Greenfield as a “nuclear terrorist.” In any case, the release of this major arms trafficker who can now revive his old gunrunning network would not, to put it politely, enhance security in Afghanistan; nor would it align with Pres. Obama’s professed support for gun control.

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While Syria uses nerve gas, Iran buys uranium

September 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…

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Iran to triple uranium output. Meanwhile, Moldova arrests 6 uranium smugglers

July 17, 2011

Head in Sand

Certainly it’s just a coincidence that the arrested uranium traffickers (h/t GoV) intended to sell their uranium to somebody in a “Muslim country” in Africa, and certainly that would be the final point of sale, considering all the threats from African nations to illegally enrich uranium for a nuclear program that violates international law.

Oh, wait, maybe it’s not Africa that has threatened to nuclearize.  And maybe it’s a certain other country that has promised to triple uranium enrichment.  I remember now—it’s Iran!

It is also Iran (as we noted last month) that could be entering a massive uranium buying agreement with Zimbabwe (undoubtedly paid for by the profits of the Iran’s economic jihad and funneled through proxies of Iran’s sharia banks).

But not to worry.  Nothing can go wrong with the United Nations weapons inspectors on the case (h/t Israel Matzav).