Obama "Gifts" Iran With Massive Uranium Shipment From Russia Sufficient "For More Than 10 Nuclear Bombs"

Tyler Durden's picture

In what amounts to an 11th hour "gift" by the outgoing Obama administration to Tehran's leadership to keep the country, which on Sunday was involved in yet another shooting incident with a US destroyer, content and compliant with Obama's landmark "Nuclear deal", the AP reported that Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant. The move was approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments "seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact."

AP cites two senior diplomats who said that the transfer which was recently agreed by the U.S. and five other world powers that negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran, foresees delivery of 116 metric tons (nearly 130 tons) of natural uranium. U.N. Security Council approval is needed but a formality, considering five of those powers are permanent Security Council members, they said.

The swap is in compensation for the approximately 40 metric tons (44 tons) of heavy water exported by Iran to Russia since the nuclear agreement went into effect. Another 30 metric tons have gone to the U.S. and Oman.

While Uranium can be enriched to levels ranging from reactor fuel or medical and research purposes to the core of an atomic bomb, Iran has claimed it has no interest in such weapons and its activities are being closely monitored under the nuclear pact to make sure they remain peaceful. As we reported at the time, Tehran previously received a similar amount of natural uranium in 2015 as part of negotiations leading up to the nuclear deal, in a swap for enriched uranium it sent to Russia. But the new shipment will be the first such consignment since the deal came into force a year ago.

The news comes ahead of a meeting in Vienna, where of representatives of Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany will review Iranian complaints that the U.S. was reneging on sanctions relief pledges included in the nuclear deal.

As AP adds, "the uranium agreement comes at a sensitive time. With the incoming U.S. administration and many U.S. lawmakers already skeptical of how effective the nuclear deal is in keeping Iran's nuclear program peaceful over the long term, they might view it as further evidence that Tehran is being given too many concessions."

The diplomats said any natural uranium transferred to Iran after the deal came into effect would be under strict surveillance by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency for 25 years after implementation of the deal.

 

They said Tehran has not said what it would do with the uranium but could choose to store it or turn it into low-enriched uranium and then export it for use as reactor fuel.

Despite present restrictions on its enrichment program, the amount of natural uranium is significant should Iran decide to keep it in storage, considering its potential uses once some limits on 

 

Tehran's nuclear activities start to expire in less than a decade.

The troubling part, if only for those who see Iran as hell bent on creating nucleaar weapons was noted by David Albright, whose Institute of Science and International Security often briefs U.S. lawmakers on Iran's nuclear program, says the shipment could be enriched to enough weapons-grade uranium for more than 10 simple nuclear bombs, "depending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon."

While it remains to be seen if Trump will comment on the unexpected delivery, we are certain that Israel, and especially its embattled prime minister Netanyahu, will raise a substantial fuss over the renewed possibility of a nuclear-armed neighbor. Heavy water is used to cool a type of reactor that produces more plutonium than reactors cooled by light water. Like enriched uranium, plutonium can be turned into the fissile core of a nuclear weapon

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Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Iranian lawmakers, far from demilitarizing, approved plans on Monday to expand military spending to five percent of the budget, including developing the country's long-range missile program which U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to halt.  The vote is a boost to Iran's military establishment – the regular army, the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and defense ministry - which was allocated almost 2 percent of the 2015-16 budget.

But it could put the Islamic Republic on a collision course with the incoming Trump administration, and fuel criticism from other Western states which say Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests are inconsistent with a U.N. resolution on Iran. The resolution, adopted last year as part of the deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities, calls on Iran to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Tehran says it has not carried out any work on missiles specifically designed to carry such payloads.

Tasnim news agency said 173 lawmakers voted in favor of an article in Iran's five-year development plan that "requires government to increase Iran's defense capabilities as a regional power and preserve the country's national security and interests by allocating at least five percent of annual budget" to military affairs. Only 10 lawmakers voted against the plan, which includes developing long range missiles, armed drones and cyber-war capabilities.


Members of Iran's revolutionary guard look at a missile launched during a war
game near the city of Qom.

The Obama administration says Iran's ballistic missile tests have not violated the nuclear agreement with Tehran, but Trump, who criticized the accord as "the worst deal ever negotiated", has said he would stop Iran's missile program.

"Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel ... but also intended to frighten Europe and someday maybe hit even the United States," he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC in March. "We're not going to let that happen."

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So one hand, we have Obama desperate to salvage his diplomatic legacy (having already seen TPP implode and Obamacare starting the repeal proess), appeasing Iran in every possible way, even if it means further antagonizing Israel; on the other we have Iran taking advantage of Obama's weakness, and accelerating the ballistic weapons program which has been banned per the same treasury that Obama wants to see continue. Finally, throw in Trump and Netanyahu in the mix, and the future for US-Iranian relations after January 20 suddenly looks rather volatile.

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Raffie's picture

Let me put my surprise face on.

 

He might as well ship all the gold he can steal from our country to give to them as well.

He needs to stand trial for treason.

BullyBearish's picture

Trump DOES it again:

BREAKING: Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be named Senior Advisor to the President, per senior transition official.

2m2 minutes ago

Between Kushner and David Friedman, views of furthest, most extreme right-edge of Israeli politics will likely dominate US policy to Israel

 How Long Before the U.S. goes to war in IRAN?
jcaz's picture

Lynch this fucking nigger.    Now.  

I'll say the same to Homeland Security when they come knocking on my door- fuck it.

Joe Davola's picture

Been 70 years since we nuked Japan, wouldn't surprise me to see someone use one in the next 7 months.

Looney's picture

Everybody has heard the term “heavy water”, but there are many misconceptions about it…

Every time you boil water, a minuscule amount of Heavy Water is produced. It’s heavier than regular water, hence the name “heavy”, and it accumulates at the bottom of the vessel, i.e. teapot, tank, distiller.

Heavy Water is not radioactive, poisonous, or harmful in any way.

The only reason it’s used in nuclear reactors or in fissile material storage facilities is for its radiation-shielding properties. Its secondary function is cooling, but any liquid can be used as a coolant, so it’s not that important.

Making Heavy Water requires just a few simple things – a supply of fresh water, energy source, and time.

Usually, Heavy Water is produced at or close to Hydroelectric Plants, but our Moonshiners have proven that distillation can be easily done even in the woods.

My guess is that the 44 tons of Heavy Water Iran has shipped out of the country can be easily replenished and it will be absolutely impossible for us or any other country to detect the production.

Looney

the phantom's picture

I don't have a problem with this.  Iran has figured out, quite rightly, that it needs a nuclear deterrent to counter Israeli aggression.  This is not rocket science...

Bay Area Guy's picture

We'll, technically, if Iran wants to fire the missile, itIS rocket science, but I agree with the intent of your post.

Countrybunkererd's picture

essentially i have no problems to set myself up with a triple distiller IN MY BASEMENT.  setting up a distillation process in series for heavy water should be no problem for any STATE actor.  Essentially what this means is "i will give you a pound of ground assburger in return for 10,000 pounds of gold"

When i hear the word tritium production, for some reason THAT would get my attention for an aspiring nuclear power.  Uranium means they ARE a nuclear power, or maybe i should state that they should be "considered" a nuclear power.

flaminratzazz's picture

VPN

100 bux a year to keep from being attacked is money well spent

Blankone's picture

Trump is also letting his reps claim, made yesterday, that Russia did in fact hack the election stand. 

I have been looking around for Trump's response to the comments by Preibus on his behalf and can find none.  Either Trump is planning a major blasting back today or tomorrow or Preibus was authorized to give those statements.  Or maybe Preibus was not so authorized but they reflected statements that Trump made to his advisors but were not meant to be made public.

Now, if Trump is putting out the story that Russia is hacking the US and the US elections but failed to corrupt "his" election we have to ask why is Trump doing so.  Is Trump's pushing the idea that Russia is a friendly just a set up to later do a flip and start to make Russia an evil empire?  That would please Israel would it not? He could be setting the stage to do so.

The statement by Preibus, made on behalf of Trump, confirms Russia hacked the election.  Trump has not issued any denial or quickly tweeted that Preibus misrepresented him.  So, Trump is saying the same BS Obama and others who want confrontation with Russia.  I suggest people be just a suspicious of Trump as they were with Obama.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

'The statement by Preibus, made on behalf of Trump, confirms Russia hacked the election'.

Huh?  Here's what Preibus said: Donald Trump "is not denying that entities in Russia were behind this particular hacking campaign,".

Preibus simply acknowledged that entities in Russia engaged in a hacking campaign.  That is not news - that is what gubmints do.  It is NOT an acknowledgement that Russia impacted the election.

Russia didn't cost HRC23 the election - HRC23's untrustworthiness, criminality, incompetence, bad judgment and poor health cost her the election.

HowdyDoody's picture

Entities in Russia? Like the CIA station in Moscow? Enough of the duplicitious bullshit speak.

Blankone's picture

Everyone knows that "entities in russia" means the russian govt..   He did not say "individuals within russia".  Previously the message that the election was not hacked by either the russian govt or from within russia.

Trump is setting up to blame russia for past and future hacking and to join the blame game on russia as an enemy.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Preibus did not, as you say, 'confirm Russia hacked the election'.

DavidC's picture

I'm sorry to use the term but it fits, does anyone here feel as though we're in the process of being butt fucked by Trump?

I was glad the Hitlery didn't get in but the appointments that Trump is making definitely disturb me.

DavidC

Blankone's picture

Trump is more dangerous that Hillary.  Hillary has such an ego and wish to be a grand historic figure and is so erratic and error prone she would not be nearly as effective for TPTB.  Trump understands set ups, slight of hand and how to effect deception for the final result.

 

wren's picture

Trump is playing by the laws of power. One of which is, keep your enemies close. I have yet to see him bow to his enemies, but he's keeping them close. When he starts bowing to their desires, then I'll begin having issue with it.

TuPhat's picture

Keeping your enemies close means to watch them.  It does not in any way mean to hire them to work for you, advise you and help you set policy.  Trump is not draining the swamp.  He is filling the swamp with new swamp critters that are his friends not enemies.  Trump is playing by the laws of power, you got that right, and the game he is playing is the same game all government hoods play.

Dr. Acula's picture

Trump is letting Prince Rebus undermine him with the Russia hacking acknowledgment.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

To set the record straight, it is NOT going to be the US that goes to war with IRAN, but it will be the GOD of the Bible and IRAN WILL GET SLAUGHTERED!!!!!!

Name of Event: GOG-MAGOG Prophetic War explained in Ezekiel 38-39 

This event looks to be scheduled to occur several years into the future.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Any bets this uranium is from the US, tied to the clinton deal with Russia?  Odds?  Was the plan for Clinton to make Iran Nuclear so the MIC can make trillions on war efforts...  So Odumbass just speeds up the clock?

 

Kayman's picture

Russia bad. But Russia OK to send uranium to Iran. Does O'Bumbler have a brain in his head or is his only talent reading cue cards ?

HowdyDoody's picture

Ha ha haaa. You think our country has gold? Audit the Fed.

 

Raffie's picture

Was referring to BANNING and CONFISCATING peoples gold.

logicalman's picture

Just because it could be enriched to weapon grade doesn't mean it will be.

Iran has been fucked over and demonized for a very long time. The last elected prime minister was removed by US and UK governments - Operation Ajax and Operation Boot.

Before the meddling began, Iran was a pretty peaceful country, and probably would be now, if just left alone.

As for O, treason charges would be appropriate for many of his actions.

 

lead salad's picture

Obama........Muslim.

Money Counterfeiter's picture

Dude was not down with JWO?  Oh well.

Hopeless for Change's picture

Just in case there was any doubt, Oballah removes all of it.

LawsofPhysics's picture

< shocker > the MIC wants wars and their puppet in chief is simply doing what he is told...

Peace prize my ass...

A Nanny Moose's picture

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise

roisaber's picture

Who cares? I'd rather be allies with Iran and Syria than Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

I'd rather not be allies, friends, partners etc with any of them. If that part of the world could be 'reset' quickly and efficiently, most of the rest of the world's major problems go away. I see no reason to leave the chains on the dogs anymore.

jcaz's picture

Bingo.  What- EXACTLY- have these "partnerships" yielded for the US so far?  Let us count the spoils...... (sarc)

Countrybunkererd's picture

Clearly you aren't looking at this from the MIC perspective of spoils.

Txpl9421's picture

I am sure some nerd could explain this in a way that did not sound idiotic. 

 

But even so, just as the Republicans were idiots to try to challange the ethics committee, this just shows that Obama has a tin ear to the concerns of his own people.  Who would think that giving raw uranium to the Iranians would be a good idea?

nonclaim's picture

Who would think that giving raw uranium to the Iranians would be a good idea?

Putin. Maybe he can clarify that...

XqWretch's picture

When's the last time Iran attacked someone? Call Obama whatever you want but Iran is not the bad guy here

Jethro's picture

My favorite Iranian assassination attempt was the idiot with the grenade in Thailand. LOL!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102012/Bangkok-terrorism-threat...

HowdyDoody's picture

Identified by brand new Iranian passport found in burnt-out car?

Jethro's picture

No, he blew his own legs off.

Donald J. Trump's picture

Back in the day the Persians were some bad motherfuckers.

The questions should be:  Why, if not for military reasons, does oil rich Iran need nuclear capabilities?  And who is benefitting?

BennyBoy's picture

 

Another question should be: Why, if not for military reasons, does oil rich USA need nuclear capabilities? And who is benefitting?

Kayman's picture

The Arabs brought the Persians to heal, or they wouldn't be Muslims.

Libtard's picture

I will gurantee that when Iran gets a nuke they WILL use it on Israel.

corporatewhore's picture

as I've heard before ---"JUST FIGURE IT OUT!!!!"

occam's razor

Madcow's picture

Wait, what?  I'm losing track here. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys ?

peddling-fiction's picture

"who are the bad guys ?"

Whomever the MSM portrays them to be.

----_-'s picture

"tlump and nintendoyahoo"

 

look! the nazis and the zionist are marring each other now

Soul Glow's picture

Out of all the stupid shit Obama does this isn't something that concerns me.  I'd rather support Iran than the House of Saud.  Hopefully those two states blow each other up.