Iran's Quest for Uranium: Fuel for their Nuclear Weapons
Even though the world has been transfixed on Pakistan this and Bin laden that, Iran, besides supporting the Syrians quell their uprisings, have been quietly securing deals to obtain the key ingredient of uranium for their nukes. Without this, they are a paper tiger-meow. The uranium they have from South Africa (1970's) is nearly gone and they are trying to shore up new suppliers, one of which appears to be, Robert Mugabe's, Zimbabwe, Africa. Iran and Mugabe are now finalizing the deal that would give Iran first dibs on Zimbabwe's 455,000 tons of raw uranium in the next five years. While Iran does have some within its borders, it is of poor quality. Iran has also been talking with Senegal, Nigeria, and Republic of Congo. Despite Western attempts to derail Iran's quest, it still has 11,000 operational centrifuges and a stockpile of two tons of enriched uranium-enough to build a few atomic bombs.
They already have the materials to create the bomb, they just want more and they need a way to deliver it. The Stuxnet virus that created havoc there, only destroyed 9000 centrifuges, or 10% of their total. In the past, Iran sought to get the uranium from Kazakhtan, Uzbekistan and Brazil, but the West's efforts have halted further efforts at this time.
Since there are no repercussions to nations for selling uranium to Iran, how long will the other nations act in goodwill? Meanwhile, Iran is simply securing its long term uranium supply.
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