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  • Iran May Ship Uranium to Turkey 2 comments
    May 17, 2010 1:50 PM
    In a deal negotiated by Brazil and Turkey, Iran announced today that it would agree to ship 1.200 kilograms of enriched uranium to Turkey for storage. In exchange, after one year, Iran would have the right to receive about 265 pounds of material enriched to 20 percent from Russia and France.

    This deal could be a temporary solution to its nuclear standoff with the West. The terms mirror a deal with the West last October that fell apart when Iran backtracked. But it is far from clear that the Obama administration will agree to it now — in part because Iran has continued to enrich uranium, adding to its stockpiles.

    At this point, the situation has changed. The amount of uranium that Iran is sending to Turkey is now only half of its stockpile. China and Russia, which have been highly reluctant to impose sanctions on a major trading partner, could use the announcement to end discussions about further measures, representing a fourth round of sanctions.

    President Obama now is at a fork in the road. If he walks away from the sanctions against Iran, it will look like he is walking away from an agreements he was willing to sign eight months ago. But if he signs the agreement, the pressing issues he has spoken about regarding Iran will have to wait a year.

    Though the agreement was regarded as a positive step by regional experts, and in Tehran it was heralded as a breakthrough, there was also skepticism as to whether it was real or a tactic to transfer blame for the conflict to the West, while derailing the prospect of the United Nations Security Council imposing new sanctions, which appeared possible within weeks.

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  • the wave
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    The situation around Iranian strives to develop it's nuclear program seems to be difficult to control.


    The more I look recently at the issue of Iran’s nuclear proliferation the more I find that a cohort of companies is involved in the Iranian strategic supply. Last May proofs were unearthed that Sumitomo Metals has now for several years sold through China and also through Malaysia key products important for the Iranian nuclear program. Additionally, links there are doubts about links between Sumitomo Metals and Vallourec S.A. of France.


    Iranians are looking for secured suppliers of seamless steel pipes and it seems that Sumitomo Metals is one of them. Two other suppliers of such products could be Sandvik AB, Sweden and Valinox Nucléaire in France. These last companies have historically been suppliers to Iranian energy programs and there are speculations that they are under close European Union scrutiny regarding Iranian nuclear program. Seamless steel pipes are used in oil and gas production and drilling applications as well as in nuclear power plants and related nuclear applications.
    Typically, an Iranian entity secures the supplies through proxy companies, which are based in Asia; speculations point such proxies as China and Malaysia.
    14 Jun 2010, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Ray6543
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    @the wave
    I see mounting international disapproval of the Iranian nuclear proliferation policy. Even some Arab allies have voiced their concerns like in January 2010, Germany and the United Arab Emirates expressed their disapproval of Iran’s nuclear activity. German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle stated that Germany is “very concerned about Iran’s non-transparent behavior with regard to its nuclear program” whilst in a meeting in Abu Dhabi with his United Arab Emirates counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan.


    What probably is worse is that many German and Japanese companies are continuously supplying Iran with modern technologies for dual use. In December 2009 German authorizes started investigation of Siemens considering the initiation of legal proceedings against engineering giant Siemens for violating export controls laws with two controversial deliveries of parts to Iran.
    Customs officials at the port of Hamburg discovered a load of turbo compressors that investigators believe could potentially be used in Iran's missile program. The high-tech goods are valued at €16 million ($23 million) and are part of an €80 million shipment. The delivery had apparently been sent from a Siemens branch in Sweden and was destined for an Iranian company.


    In a second case, British navy troops stopped a ship from China near Dubai that was carrying so-called Teleperm automation technology intended for the Iranian firm Kalaye Electric. The computers, which can be used, among other things, to help run nuclear power plants, had been delivered by Siemens to an address in China. The controversial shipments are currently being discussed by the German government's exports committee, where sources said the issue is highly contentious.
    Also in May 2010, German customs officials blocked another shipment from Siemens of nuclear technology when they arrested Germany businessmen on their way to deliver the shipment to the Bushehr power plant.


    I understand that other Japanese companies are in this game, too.
    30 Jun 2010, 05:23 AM Reply Like
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