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Obama approves huge uranium shipment to Iran

January 10, 2017 at 6:53 am 44 News
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VIENNA (AP) — Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact.

Two senior diplomats said the transfer recently approved 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.

Uranium can be enriched to levels ranging from reactor fuel or medical and research purposes to the core of an atomic bomb. Iran says it has no interest in such weapons and its activities are being closely monitored under the nuclear pact to make sure they remain peaceful.

Tehran already got 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 diplomats, whose main focus is Iran’s nuclear program, demanded anonymity Monday because they are not allowed to discuss the program’s confidential details.

They spoke ahead of a meeting this week in Vienna of representatives of Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to review Iranian complaints that the U.S. was reneging on sanctions relief pledges included in the nuclear deal.

The natural 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.

Without confirming the reported agreement, U.S. officials argued that such shipments would neither endanger nor violate the Iran nuclear deal.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters there was no prohibition on such imports by Iran and noted natural uranium “cannot be used … for a weapon” in its original form.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said such arrangements are “subject to the careful monitoring and inspections that are included in the deal to ensure that Iran is living up to the commitments that they made.”

Despite present restrictions on its enrichment program, however, 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.

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.”

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, said an official from one of the six powers, who also demanded anonymity citing confidentiality issues. Another 30 metric tons have gone to the U.S. and Oman.

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.

Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman contributed from Washington.

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  1. teapartyproud January 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Good old Obama. Doing everything he can, right up to the last second, to keep America safe from Islamic inspired terror. He’s making sure they can’t get nuclear weapons by giving them uranium for much needed energy purposes only. You know, because they don’t have a readily available source of energy. Excellent strategy! Everyone knows if you give the bully everything he wants, he will leave you in peace and be your friend. The man should get another Nobel peace prize!

    (If you’re wondering, yes, it’s extreme sarcasm).

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    • marines January 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

      I can’t say what I think right now. This man is dangerous to our country and a traitor. God help us get through this next 9 days! Between this kind of unbelievable garbage from this Chicago or Indonesia trash and the stupid lies that the Democrats are saying, it is really difficult to believe that something isn’t going to break and break with violence. If you want to be the party out of power forever, act like these Democrats. To what end besides wrecking our country to gain power are these gangsters doing these things? Lie, cheat, bear false witness, deny their own culpability for losing, give themselves phony awards, use one word slimes so as not to have to use logic and facts, and just being nasty humans to anyone that doesn’t share their perversions. Mr. Obama also needs to be told that his $100 million worth of vacation costs represent his retirement and cost of security after leaving the White House. Find some other group to give you Utopia here on earth. This isn’t politics. It is SEDITION.

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    • Gunflint Roseberg January 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      A worthless piece of pig dung…And Congress sits silent…Rino’s must also go. Aiding the Enemy is High Treason…Obozo should be arrested regardless

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    • Gunflint Roseberg January 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Send Obozo to Iran…One Way…

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      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Gee wizz.. Not content to give a green light to their nuclear ambitions, he now AIDS them in making the bomb by sending them material… AND HOW IS THIS NOT THE legal definition of treason (“GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY”) is beyond me…

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    • maximusprime1 January 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      O is NOT done yet ppl. Even after he leaves there will be MORE O pokes in US eyes some of which will be HARD to STOP. He is NOT going quietly into retirement. I predict as others have that he will stick his fingers in almost everything Trump does or says and the LSMedia will lap up O’s words from a god.

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    • nero January 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      And Kerry “apologized” to the homosexuals…whilst attacking Israel and arming Iran with atomic weapons…

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    • caligal January 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Ever the good soldier for the Muslim Brotherhood–after all, that was/is the reason he was put in the White House.

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  2. capricorn1 January 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    this man should be in jail he is a muslim at heart and he gives our enemies the means to destroy us.
    can congress stop this from happening?
    can anyone stop it?

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    • phoebster103 January 10, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Trump will most certainly put a halt on this stupidity. Geesh Obama why not just seal the deal and give Iran one of our nuclear weapons and let bye gones be bye gones? What a complete and utter IDIOT!!!! Go away Obama!!!!!!!!

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    • columba January 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Never mind jail; treason carries the death penalty. (I hasten to add that there must be a trial first.

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    • inluminatuo January 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Can anyone explain to me why an oil rich country like Iran needs nuclear energy? Why do environmental Democrats do everything possible to diminish American nuclear energy and production but enrich and provide nuclear material to an Iranian nation who defines America as the great Satan, swearing to destroy us. Obama should be arrested immediately upon leaving office as a traitor, defined in the Constitution as follows;
      “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
      What aid and comfort Obama offers our enemies, who were never joint allies in war as once were the Russians. Hillary and Obama sells access to 20% of North American uranium companies to Russia. Russia sells the uranium to Iran whom Obama apparently admires to the point of protecting them from WE THE PEOPLE at the expense and risk of American survival and existence. If this is not treasonous aid and comfort then the Pope is Hindu and Hillary is a Republican????? NOT,,,Trump the first, needs to divorce these people from American politics like Henry the VIII got rid of his treasonous wives. Will America have to get nuked by our own uranium to finally understand there is nothing within these socialist Liberal minds and craniums other than American treason?

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      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      [Geesh Obama why not just seal the deal and give Iran one of our nuclear weapons and let bye gones be bye gones?

      I am certain he has tried doing just that…

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    • inluminatuo January 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

      How soon we forget that Christ is the Reason for the Season,,,and Obama is the reason for the TREASON.

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  3. oldschool7 January 10, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Can you imagine FDR sending Adolph Hitler heavy water in 1936? On the premise of Nazi research on genetic issues? Sometimes the actions of our politicians defy logic, sensibility, and simple decency. When (note WHEN not IF) a terrorist device goes off in an American City, lets hope its close enough to the course where Obama is playing golf on our dime.

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    • leithel1 January 10, 2017 at 9:41 am

      or his dime.

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  4. leithel1 January 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

    The Uranium the Russians are shipping to Iran is probably the same Uranium Hillary sold to them from the upper mid-west.

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      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      I wonder if it IS the same, could we then go after hillary for giving aid and material support to our enemies?

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  5. woftam January 10, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Ok here is the deal.
    While the Senate democrats have their
    panties in a wad over confirmation of
    Sen. Jeff Sessions , as Attorney General
    because he may have used the N
    word 30 years ago.
    OOPS wasn’t that the same Jeff Sessions that convicted the KKK guy for murder and got him the death penalty.
    Don’t forget Hillary got the guy off for rape of a 12 year old girl.
    Nothing like diversion as
    OBAMA approves the Iranians getting
    enough Nuclear Material to make 10
    Nuclear bombs.
    The o so wonderful dems just looking after
    us so well.

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    • oleteabag January 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I’ve been watching some of the “confirmation hearing” coverage. WHY are they asking Jeff Sessions about Trump’s immigration policies? What the HELL does that have to do with the office of Attorney General?

      The Democrats are trying to make a dog and pony show out of these confirmation hearings. NOBODY did that to OBAMA and HIS lousy cabinet & cazr picks picks–ERIC freaking HOLDER and VAN Communist JONES, anybody?

      NOBODY Trump has picked even APPROACHES the UNSUITABILITY of THAT sorry pair, and yet THEY were confirmed! So why are these Commucrat VERMIN behaving this way toward Trump’s cabinet appointees? Our incoming President has the RIGHT to pick advisors and cabinet officers whom he TRUSTS to advise him in their areas of expertise, the same as the TRAITOR-in-Chief was allowed to do, and the LOUSY COMMUCRATS have NO BUSINESS interfering in that. They have NO reason to believe that ANY of the people they are grilling are, in any way, NOT fit to be confirmed. They are just obstructing in any way they can, because SHRILLARY isn’t going to be sworn in on Jan. 20th.

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      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 12:28 am

      Actually teabag, the AG (as head of the Dept of Justice) does have a large impact on illegal immigration.
      They are the ones who set law enforcment rules..

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  6. truthbeknown January 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Blacks are okay, but no more muzzies in the white house.

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  7. stephen49 January 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Since when did the US ever have to approve what another country does, especially a foe? It’s just more meddling by Obama in another country’s internal affairs. I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots. And just how is this a commitment by Iran to a ‘landmark’ nuclear deal?

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      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Especially since supposedly we lifted the sanctions…

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    • oleteabag January 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      I read today that Obama has funneled over $10 BILLION DOLLARS in CASH and GOLD to Iran on various pretexts. HOW is this legal, much LESS acceptable? The NASTY little sociopath in our White House, as his parting “gift” to this country he HATES is BUYING the future deaths of Americans with this money! If that’s not TREASON (it damned well IS giving AID AND COMFORT TO OUR ENEMIES!) then I don’t know what would qualify as “treason!”

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      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 12:29 am

      Perhaps it was a down payment and a nest egg he could flee to should he realize trump is gonna come AFTER HIM for charges of treason..

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  8. mhawkins53 January 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I wonder how Israel views this? I am certain, when the time comes, Israel will “take care of business” (again) when/if necessary…. “Operation Opera” (1981), “Part II”….

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  9. DCB January 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I blame everyone for voting for this buffoon in 2008 and then again in 2012. The nuclear blood is on their hands!

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  10. cgretired January 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Well, if they don’t ship in the next 10 days, maybe Trump can halt that shipment. Now there’s hope… hope he can halt the shipment, and change… change the shipment from uranium to pure dung THEN ship it out.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Better yet, PIGs intestines!!

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  11. jurban January 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Obama sure is giving Iran the tools they need to wipe out the US because he couldn’t do it himself. How can Congress let him get away with that. It’s Treason!

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      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Seeing all the OTHER impeachable and treasonous acts he has done they have failed to even whisper against obama on, i firmly believe NOTHING will get them to cry foul anymore..

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    • oleteabag January 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Apparently, jurban, OBAMA is not the ONLY TRAITOR in our government! In MY view, anybody who aids and abets him in these TREASONOUS actions by FAILING to prevent them is just as much a TRAITOR as he is–even if they are just going along because they are TOO COWARDLY to oppose him!

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  12. DVanduker January 10, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I’m just hoping that in a few years, the Iranians don’t decide to re-export this ore shipment…one missile at a time.

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  13. oleteabag January 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    What kind of PRESIDENT gives TONS of nuclear fissionable materials to the BIGGEST sponsor of terrorism in the WORLD in the final two weeks of his term? One that EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD knows is busily working to create NUCLEAR BOMBS?

    For THAT matter, when was the last time you heard of a President moving LARGE numbers of US troops into NATO countries in an attempt to intimidate and antagonize the RUSSIANS with little more than a WEEK left in office?

    No SANE President, that’s for sure! But a vindictive, butt-hurt little SOCIOPATH who wants to do all the damage he can to the country he HATES before he is evicted from the White House? One who is ENRAGED that his precious “legacy” has been pronounced DOA as soon as the new guy takes office? One who is DESPERATELY trying to VALIDATE his mad delusions that he was a GREAT President? You betcha.

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  14. tws500 January 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Treason I say..!!

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  15. doced January 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Yes, of course, Obama approves of sending tons of likely-to-be lethality to Iran, just as he approves of Iran sending tons of hostility, violence, and bulls*** to America. There are thousands of pejoratives to describe Obama, but all of them, collectively, are insufficient to properly characterize him. What infuriates and saddens me, simultaneously, is the collusion among the Lefties, including, rather obviously, the media, and the thoughtless actions by tens of millions of American voters that bestowed upon this vile creature, such power to do such damage as he did and continues to do, as well as the cowardly complicity by the GOP allowing it to be wielded, essentially unrestrained.

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  16. 51mgb January 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Obama has gone from incompetent ideologue to traitor.These are the parting shots of a closet Muslim, a dishonest politician, and an evil man. This is his legacy…disorder, divisive politics, racial tension, and sexual confusion.Iran is the biggest exporter of terrorism worldwide. Why would Obama do this? Because he hates America and Americans. Especially with Trump’s election.

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  17. dragonfire January 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    This is a threat to national security. Mr Trump needs to stop this shipment! As the new Commander in Chief get the marines to bring it home. This is an act of treason by Obama!

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  18. ConservativeNotRepublican January 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Sorry, the truth is that Obama didn’t “approve” anything. The reason he didn’t is for the same reason he couldn’t deny the deal either, even if he wanted to.

    There is NOTHING Obama could have done to prevent Russia and Iran from engaging in this transaction: Nothing.

    The Iranian deal is a joke. Obama and Kerry would have signed *anything* just to be able to say they got a deal for the sake of Obama’s “legacy”. It is nothing more than a display piece for his Lie-Barry.

    Hopefully, Trump will keep his word and tell the Iranians he just put their “agreement” into the paper shredder and we’re going to start over from square one.

    That may not be Trump’s first priority, but it should happen within the first year…at least I hope it does.

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  19. LLM the Ultimate January 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I personally do not believe that Obama is a Muslim, yet i think he is in bed with our enemies. He is a weak leader, and other nations take advantage of his weakness and he does them favors.

    But sending URANIUM to Iran?! Is this president even mentally stable?

    Obama knows how dangerous Iran is, and he allows this to happens. This is treachery at the highest level, and NO ONE that is sound of mind has done anything about it.

    I really do hope that we can get through the next 9 days without starting WW3!

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    ltuser January 11, 2017 at 12:32 am

    LL. How can you NOT believe he is a muslim, with ALL the muslim appreciation he has done since in office!?!

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    • LLM the Ultimate January 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

      He is not a Muslim, “he is a secular humanist”

      He cannot be a Muslim because he has promoted abortion, which the Muslims loathe.(or at least the fundamentalists). Also he has been seen doing drugs, eating pork, and drinking, which are prohibited by Islamic law.

      However, I do believe he has been heavily influenced by Islamist and Communist ideology.

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  21. keepyourpower January 11, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Look at what this devil is doing! He is giving Iran what they need to enrich uranium, so as to build a nuclear bomb! Who does Iran say they want to kill the most? Israel and the USA!

    I hope there is time for Trump to stop this!

    So..is Putin giving Iran the uranium they are getting from Clinton’s deal? Wouldn’t that be grand! (sarc)

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