Surprise! Iranians suddenly have way more uranium than they thought

Surprise! Iranians suddenly have way more uranium than they thought
(Image via Melbourne Herald Sun)

[Ed. – Next up: a startling oversupply of ballistic missiles.]

Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Saturday.

The comments cast doubt on previous assessments from some Western analysts who said the country had a low supply and sooner or later would need to import uranium, the raw material needed for its nuclear program. …

“I cannot announce (the level of) Iran’s uranium mine reserves. The important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves,” Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. …

The U.S. State Department said any new reserves of uranium discovered in Iran will be under the same monitoring as existing mines under the nuclear agreement.  [The State Department doesn’t say that that means effectively no monitoring at all, at the mines. – Ed.]

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