Iran has had a shortage of a critical component for its nuclear weapons for a long time: Uranium. Now, Iran is on the verge of signing a natural resources agreement with Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe that would give it preferential access to Zimbabwe’s 455,000 tons of uranium over the next five years. Given that Iran currently has access to mostly depleted uranium from South Africa from the 1970’s, that’s a huge deal.
Ilan Berman argues that it’s also a deal that has been largely ignored by western sanctions. It’s time to change that.
Over the past three years, Western chancelleries have marshaled considerable diplomatic efforts to dissuade potential uranium suppliers such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Brazil from providing Tehran the raw material needed for its nuclear program. For all of their concern, however, Washington policy makers have not yet given serious thought to penalizing countries for their uranium sales to Iran, or crafted a legislative framework that makes it possible to do so.
They should. By identifying and then punishing Tehran’s current suppliers of uranium ore, the U.S. and its allies can slow its acquisition of the raw material necessary to realize its nuclear ambitions-and send a clear signal to potential future sources of uranium for Iran’s atomic effort, like Zimbabwe, that their involvement with the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program will come at a steep economic and political cost.
In its ongoing bid to derail Iran’s nuclear drive, Capitol Hill is now said to be contemplating new sanctions aimed at further tightening the international noose around Tehran. Iran’s flirtation with Zimbabwe strongly suggests that lawmakers would do well to focus less on trying to stop Iran’s centrifuges from spinning and more on making sure that Iran’s nuclear machinery is running on empty.
Police in Zimbabwe say a prominent white farmer was shot dead in a robbery at his home as a farmers’ organization alleges violence against the few remaining white-owned farms has intensified in the past month.
Police official Andrew Phiri said 67-year-old Kobus Joubert died in the robbery Monday. Two pistols, money and household goods were stolen from his farm west of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
The Commercial Farmers Union, representing about 300 whites still on their land after a decade-long violent land seizure program that ousted some 4,000 white farmers, said the killing showed “the flagrant disregard for the rule of law” in farming areas ahead of proposed elections.
President Robert Mugabe last month vowed to call elections in the middle of next year.
much like Germany before the Holocaust, Zimbabwe suffers from inflation due to the socialist actions of it’s leader Robert Mugabe
The President of Venezuela has just praised Robert Mugabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and, wait for it, Idi Amin – even if he was a cannibal.
Oh, and Carlos the Jackal too. Can’t forget him. Selfless fighters against imperialism, all of them.
Lordy, what a lunatic blowhard Chavez has turned out to be. Inflation is soaring in Venezuela (something which is entirely the fault of capitalism, you understand) and they and Columbia are close at war. Sounds like things are going just great there.