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US President Obama’s farewell gift to Iran: 130 tons of Uranium
Thursday January 12, 2017 10:08 PM, Agencies

Washington: President Barack Obama presented a final gift to Iran. He agreed before the end of his mandate to secretly provide Tehran with 130 tons of Uranium, which can be used as fuel for a nuclear reactor or as the heart of an atomic bomb, local media reported.

According to the Daily Wire, US diplomats stated that Iran is due to receive a huge shipment of natural Uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant. This was approved by the Obama administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to the nuclear pact.

The two senior diplomats, who preferred to remain anonymous, declared that the shipment was approved by the US and five other world powers that negotiated the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Iran foresees the delivery of 116 metric tons (nearly 130 tons) of natural uranium.

They added that they need the approval of the UN Security Council, nevertheless: “It will only be a formality, considering that five of those powers are permanent Security Council members.”

In the current deal, Iran compensated Russia with roughly 40 metric tons (44 tons) of heavy water; Iran also sent 30 tons of other metric, to the United States and Oman, according to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six-party that took place at the beginning of July of the past year.

The Daily Wire reported that the Diplomats stated that any natural Uranium going to Iran would be under strict surveillance by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency for 25 years after the deal went through.

The newspaper quoted David Albright of the Institute of Science and International Security saying that the Uranium shipment could be enriched to build over 10 simple nuclear bombs, depending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon.


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