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Thursday, October 27, 2016

DUBAI (Reuters) – Preliminary exploration surveys for raw uranium in Iran are progressing well but it is too early to announce any discoveries, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEOI) was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Behrouz Kamalvandi spoke to the ISNA agency a day after AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying recent “discoveries” had made Iran confident of its reserves and a new mine would become operational soon.

The discovery of raw uranium, which can be refined to make nuclear fuel, would make Iran’s disputed nuclear program more self-sufficient and raise concerns among those who fear the program is aimed at developing a bomb, a charge Iran denies.

“Mr Salehi said aerial exploration surveys across the country are going well and the results are promising. Of course, after aerial surveys the work of ground exploration will begin,” Kamalvandi said.

“At the moment these efforts are proceeding well, but for the final results and analysis we must wait until aerial and ground operations are finished throughout the country.”

Salehi noted on Sunday that Iran had conducted aerial exploration of 63 percent of its territory and hoped to complete the work after four years.

Mineral prospectors often conduct wide aerial surveys to find promising areas before starting more detailed explorations on the ground.

(Reporting by Sam Wilkin, Editing by William Maclean and Dominic Evans)

Photo: Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015.  REUTERS/TIMA

  • Dominick Vila

    Looks like the Iranian radicals borrowed a page from the Republicans and are now trying to put pressure on the USA to ratify the agreement.

    • Independent1

      Iran is somewhat prone to earthquakes. Its efforts to create nuclear power plants may prove down the road to be disaster just waiting to happen. But those who really believe that Iran is looking to create nuclear bombs need to keep in mind a few things:

      1) I am not aware that Iran has ever developed ICBMs that are capable of delivering a nuclear bomb long range – such as the 6-7,000 miles to Washington – at least with any degree of accuracy if that do have such weapons.

      2) given number one, it seems clear, at least to me, that any attempt that Iran make in trying to drop a nuclear bomb on Israel be akin to a suicide bomber – as within minutes, the U.S. essentially level the country within minutes.

      3) I doubt seriously that Iranian intelligence isn’t well aware of that.

      Here’s the link to a video that shows just how – Ohio-class submarines, each with the nuclear capability to devastate a continent which are most likely lurking in the Indian Ocean not far from Iran:

      • Dominick Vila

        Every single claim made by the opponents to the nuclear agreement with Iran are either comical or evidence of intense hatred. An agreement that denies a country the capacity to enrich uranium to weapons grade level, that requires the dismantling of plutonium equipment in Arak, that reduces the number of centrifuges to a level that only meets nuclear energy requirements, and that allows IAEA inspection to verify compliance is the anti-thesis of what Republican in Congress, and their role model, Netanyahu, are saying. Their real concern is not that Iran may develop a nuclear weapon, and engage in efforts to shore up its economy and improve the standard of living of its citizens, but the fact that they are likely to do precisely that. The last thing Netanyahu and the GOP wants is a stable Persian Gulf and Middle East. They depend on turmoil and warfare to guarantee the current DoD budgets, foreign and military aid to Israel, and being able to control oil prices. Peaceful coexistence is poison for the GOP.