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Iran Opens Uranium Mines, Yellow Cake Plant

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Iran says it has opened two uranium mines and a yellow cake production plant in central Yazd province.

State media said Tuesday the uranium ore extracted at the mines will be turned into yellow cake, a substance that can then be converted and enriched into nuclear fuel.

Iran says the facilities can produce up to 60 tons of yellow cake a year. The announcement comes as Iran marks it's National Day of Nuclear Technology.

The United Nations Security Council has demanded in multiple resolutions that Iran suspend all enrichment-related activities and allow U.N. inspectors to access its nuclear facilities. Several countries, including the United States, have imposed their own additional measures in an effort to pressure Iran, amid suspicions Tehran is working to develop nuclear weapons.

Talks between Iran and six world powers about the country's nuclear program ended last week with the two sides "far apart" and with no agreement for further meetings.

Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is solely for power generation and research purposes.

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by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
April 09, 2013 6:56 AM
These new facilities are more evidence that Iran, just like NKorea, will not abide by resolutions and will carry out irrespective of the sanctions in place. Just about 3 weeks ago, the Iranian delegation to Cario, offered Egypt loans into the billions of dollars; from this offer it can be surmized that the sanctions are not having a significant impact on the Iranian gvmt. Either the sanctions are not significant, or the embargo processes in place are very weak; in either case the expected impact, of the sanctions, is not materializing.

It is evident, that another needless war will come about, or worse yet, a massive arms build up and a nuclear race will develop in the ME, especially amongst the Gulf states to offset the Iranian program. Already a number of ME countries are addressing nuclear program protocols to the UN. All of these countries would be better off spending the resources in programs to better the environment and the lives of their citizens.

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