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December 29, 2009

Report: Iran Working To Import 1350 Tons Of Uranium

Smart Diplomacy(TM), is there anything it can't do?

Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, according to an intelligence report obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday. Diplomats said the assessment was heightening international concern about Tehran's nuclear activities.

Such a deal would be significant because Tehran appears to be running out of the material, which it needs to feed its uranium enrichment program.

The report was drawn up by a member nation of the International Atomic Energy Agency and provided to the AP on condition of that the country not be identified because of the confidential nature of the information.

...A Western diplomat from a member of the IAEA's 35-nation board said the report was causing concern among countries that have seen it and was generating intelligence chatter. The diplomat also requested anonymity for discussing intelligence information.

"Causing concern"? Boy, I can't wait til Iran fires off a nuke, we might even hear expressions of 'alarm'.

Obama's 'deadline' for progress with Iran is the New Year but he'll be on the golf course when that happens so don't think they'll be immediate action. Naturally they'll be a period of calm reflection and study which will lead to a process of consideration that can't be rushed and will take as long as it needs to in order to reach the right conclusions.

But just when you think all hope is lost there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Actually it's an onrushing train in the form of...John "Global Test" Kerry. He thinks he knows who the right man to work this all out is...him. Once he jets off to Tehran to chat up the Mullahs everything will fine.

We are so screwed.

h/t to Chris van Avery for the Iran uranium story.


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