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▸ [Iran, IAEA Report: Iran Tripled Pace of Uranium Enrichment] - Bloomberg

Iran has increased the number of machines it’s using to enrich uranium at its Natanz complex by 14 percent and has begun enriching material at its underground Fordo complex near the holy city of Qom.

Iran is now making almost 31 pounds (14 kilograms) of 20 percent-enriched uranium a month compared with almost nine pounds (4 kilograms) in November, according to the report.

Though source and timing of this information is not clear, is it possible/reasonable to assume that Iran revealed this information during late Jan IAEA visit to Tehran? 

Iran may be able to stockpile as much as 638 pounds of 20 percent enriched uranium, said Olli Heinonen, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in a Feb. 15 telephone call.

That’s enough to make as many as two nuclear weapons if Iran decided to continue enriching to weapons-grade, which is 90 percent, according to Heinonen, who as the IAEA’s chief inspector visited Iranian facilities until 2010.

Iran increased its supply of 20 percent-enriched uranium to almost 240 pounds from just over 162 pounds reported in November, the IAEA said. Iran has produced almost 12,000 pounds of uranium enriched to less than 5 percent compared to slightly more than 10,828 pounds in the last IAEA report.

About 1,386 pounds of low-enriched uranium, if further purified, could yield the 33 pounds to 48 pounds of weapons- grade uranium an expert bomb maker needs to make a weapon, according to the London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Center, a non-governmental observer to the IAEA funded by European governments.


(Then roughly, 300 pounds of 20% enriched uranium = 1 bomb, 1386 pound of low-enriched uranium=1 bomb. That means Iran is yet to have enough 20% uranium for the first bomb, if the declared amount is truthful - and if it’s not secretly running hidden enrichment facilities… though somehow it certainly is increasing its uranium enrichment production while all these diplomatic tensions and sanctions, and also while completely denying IAEA access to any of its key enrichment and weapon R&D facilities. )

Source: bloomberg.com

Feb 24, 2012, 5:48pm  0 notes      

▸ [IAEA, Iran] U.N. agency: Iran rapidly expanding nuclear work [also nuclear material missing]

(AP)  VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has rapidly ramped up production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last four months, in a confidential report that feeds concerns about how quickly the Islamic Republic could produce an atomic bomb.

Friday’s report by the International Atomic Energy Agency also said Iran had failed to give a convincing explanation about a quantity of missing uranium metal. Diplomats have said the missing amount could be used for experiments used to arm a warhead.

Source: cbsnews.com

Feb 24, 2012, 12:10pm  2 notes      

▸ AP Exclusive: [Diplomats say Iran Ready with Thousands of New Generation of Centrifuges]

They said Tehran has put finishing touches for the installation of thousands of new-generation centrifuges at the cavernous facility — machines that can produce enriched uranium much more quickly and efficiently than its present machines.

While saying that the electrical circuitry, piping and supporting equipment for the new centrifuges was now in place, the diplomats emphasized that Tehran had not started installing the new machines at its Fordo facility and could not say whether it was planning to.

Still, the senior diplomats — who asked for anonymity because their information was privileged — suggested that Tehran would have little reason to prepare the ground for the better centrifuges unless it planned to operate them. They spoke in recent interviews — the last one Saturday.

Feb 19, 2012, 2:03am  1 note      

▸ [IAEA visit to Iran, scheduled to start Jan 28 Sat] Iran is ready to return to nuclear talks, Ali Akbar Dareini, AP

Iran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but suggested that Tehran’s foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again collapsing in stalemate.

Iran’s insistence that it will never give up uranium enrichment — the process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons — scuttled negotiations a year ago and still looms as a potential deal breaker even as tougher Western sanctions target Iran’s critical oil exports.

[…] The United States and its allies want Iran to halt uranium enrichment, which they worry could eventually lead to weapons-grade material and the production of nuclear weapons. I

West/USA wants basically any uranium enrichment process to halt inside Iran, and get it ‘outsourced’ (done outside). But Iran doesn’t budge (but why?)

Analysis/reading into this point is necessary - Why Iran doesn’t want to outsource enrichment process -

Ex-IAEA personnel Peter Jenkins who dealt with Iran before recently wrote this piece on UK Telegraph, The deal the West could strike with Iran.  He thinks the deal *should be* in the way that Iran can keep enrichment but only under (absolute and complete) IAEA oversight. But he just asserts this from his *sympathy* to Iranians (or Iranian regime?) - he does not elaborate on the issue from technical/expert point of view. (Why?) 

What’s the difference? Either outsourcing enrichment or allowing it with oversight. Why Iran asserts on keeping enrichment local/indigenous?

Wish it were easier to find technical and political analysis on these points.

By so far, kinda hard to find them. 

Source: google.com

Jan 26, 2012, 2:49pm  0 notes      

▸ Iran offers to share nuke technology with Africa, Associated Press [Jan 7 2012]


Iran’s nuclear chief says his country is willing to help what he called “friendly” African nations that have uranium reserves to set up facilities to process the ore into nuclear material.

Fereidoun Abbasi says Iran has mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle from extracting uranium ore to producing fuel for reactors and is ready to share the technology. Abbasi’s comment was reported by the semi-official Mehr news agency Saturday.

The offer appears aimed at touting Iran as a nuclear power that has mastered the technology and is willing to help others create peaceful nuclear programs. Iran says its program is solely aimed at generating electricity and denies Western accusations that it seeks to build a bomb.

Reblogged from syeddahjan-deactivated20121208.

Jan 08, 2012, 9:45pm  2 notes      

As far as long-life radioactive substances are dispersed into the ocean, and JP govt is not really disclosing data fully about it …

It is going to be thrilling to eat fish products exported from Japan. [Thing is they are all over the place. In all those Dashi stocks for Udon/Soba noodles, dried fish flakes and powders, fish cakes in all kinds of shapes. Powders and extracts.]

Like eating blow fish. But if you get some long-life radioactive stuff in your system, the result will only likely to show up after several years. 

That’s the difference. 

Hope USA FDA etc will barricade/ban dangerous stuff. 

April 04, 2011, 12:57pm   57 notes