IAEA worried over Iran plans to triple uranium production. UN nuclear chief Amano to meet Iranian FM Salehi, says "further cooperation is needed to restore confidence of int’l community."

July 7, 2011
Iran announced last month it would shift its production of higher-grade uranium to an underground bunker and triple output capacity in a defiant move that further fueled Western unease about Tehran’s intentions.
The UN nuclear chief said on Wednesday that he planned to meet with Iran’s foreign minister next week and that he was “quite concerned” over plans by Tehran to triple uranium production capacity.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Reuters in the Colombian capital, Bogota, that he planned to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi next week, but had no firm details.


North Korea named head of UN nuclear disarmament body

June 30, 2011

North Korea has been named to head the U.N.’s nuclear disarmament body?

…it makes perfect sense within the scheme of the U.N.. Why is anyone surprised?

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Iran close to finalizing uranium deal with Zimbabwe

May 27, 2011
you can’t buy lunch with a Zimbabwe dollar, the people are starving because they chased the white farmers out of the country… but the government can still sell things that go boom! If you want to see a warning of what happens with the left in power then just look to Mugabe. The people have no work and they can’t afford to buy their children food, but they still have hate… hate of the Jews… hate of the first world that they will use to project the troubles that their own government made with it’s leftist plans. And Iran is the vehicle of their hate. When your people are starving… why try Capitalism that creates jobs for the future when you can bomb Israel.

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.


Crack leaks radioactive water into sea off Japan

April 7, 2011

Manholes poke out from the ground in Urayasu, Japan,
due to the liquefaction triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake.
The phenomenon, which allows sand and water
to rise following ground shaking,
was particularly pronounced in this area as a result of the

long duration of the March 11 quake. via npr.org

Highly radioactive water was leaking into the sea Saturday from a crack discovered at a nuclear power plant destabilized by last month’s earthquake and tsunami, a new setback as frustrated survivors of the disasters complained that Japan’s government was paying too much attention to the nuclear crisis.

“Hell In A Bottle” 1986 Japan via doppelganger

 The contaminated water will quickly dissipate into the sea and is not expected to cause any health hazard. Nevertheless, the disturbing discovery points at the unexpected problems that can crop up and continue to hamper technicians trying to control the crisis.

Increases in radiation from sources that are likely from troubled nuclear energy reactors in Japan.

All this talk about Asia makes me hungry

I guess this is their response to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A RadNet radiation monitor is seen on the roof of the Bay Area Air
Quality District offices on
March 16, 2011 in San Francisco.
In the wake of the nuclear
disaster in Japan,
the Environmental Protection
Agency is deploying additional radiation
detectors in areas on the
West Coast to compliment
the existing RadNet system,
which measures radition levels in air.
RadNet is a nationwide network
of monitoring stations in each state
that collect samples of air, rain,
drinking water, and milk
for analysis of radioactivity. 
  via sacbee.com

For our friends on the left coast you have time to flee to one of those red states you hate so much and here is a little more information for you.

looting in Japan

Inside Story – Japan’s Nuclear Crisis …Is this the nightmare scenario of nuclear meltdown becoming real? And what can be done to contain the nuclear threat while at the same time dealing with the widespread destruction caused by Japan’s largest recorded earthquake?

A monitor in Sacramento maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today showed slight increases in radiation from sources that are likely from troubled nuclear energy reactors in Japan.
The “beta” category picks up strontium, while the “gamma” category picks up cesium and iodine. All three are constituents typically associated with nuclear energy production.
The recent increases remain within normal background levels, the EPA said, which vary according to atmospheric conditions.
The numbers are recorded in “counts per minute,” which is a way of measuring radiation levels over time and cannot be easily compared to dose levels, such as those experienced by medical patients undergoing X-ray examination.

Another monitor in Sacramento, maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, also picked up elevated radiation levels. This monitor, which is far more sensitive, detected “miniscule quantities” of the radioactive isotope xenon-133, the agency stated.
The origin was determined to be consistent with a release from the Fukushima reactors in northern Japan. The levels detected were at 0.1 disintegrations per second per cubic meter of air, which results in a dose rate about one-millionth of the dose rate a person normally receives from rocks, bricks, the sun and other natural background sources. This coincides with a similar reading March 16 through 17 in Washington state.
Xenon-133 is a radioactive noble gas produced during nuclear fission that poses no concern at the detected level, according to the Department of Energy. via sacbee.com

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Japanese Scramble to Avert Meltdowns as Nuclear Crisis Deepens After Quake: TOKYO — Japanese officials struggled on Sunday to contain a widening nuclear crisis in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami, saying they presumed that partial meltdowns had occurred at two crippled reactors and that they were bracing for a second explosion, even as they faced serious cooling problems at four more reactors. >>> Hiroko Tabuchi and Matthew L. Wald | Sunday, March 13, 2011

Argentina & Saudi Arabia Seek Nuclear Partnership

March 31, 2011

The Saudi government has tasked the head of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy with drawing up a cooperation agreement with Argentina regarding the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Source: ‘Okaz, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2011

not sure this is a good thing. Argentina is very close to going to war over the Falklands again

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No joke. Obama admin just "reminded" Iran it’s not allowed to smuggle weapons

March 18, 2011

ISNA: Rooholla VahdatiAllegedly Carrying Nuclear Weapons, Iranian Plane Forced to Land in Turkey: Excerpts from the Turkish Press


WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is implicitly criticizing Iran after Israel intercepted a ship carrying weapons it said was bound for Palestinian militants in Gaza.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement late Wednesday that the U.S. condemns illicit smuggling of arms and ammunition. He said U.N. resolutions prohibit Iran, in particular, from exporting weapons and that “any activity to the contrary is another example of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.”

Israel said the ship intercepted Tuesday in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea had roughly 2,500 mortar shells, nearly 75,000 bullets and six anti-ship missiles. It said the weapons were sent by Iran by way of Syria, and that the advanced anti-ship missiles could have challenged Israeli enforcement of a naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.   via foxnews.com
h/t @Mere_Rhetoric

Allegedly Carrying Nuclear Weapons, Iranian Plane Forced to Land in Turkey: Excerpts from the Turkish Press

March 18, 2011
ISNA: Rooholla Vahdati

Fearing further trouble in the volatile region, Turkey has warned Saudi Arabia and Iran, at odds over the Saudi intervention in Bahrain, to act with restraint and avoid actions that would undermine peace and stability.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu warned his Saudi and Iranian counterparts against creating problems in the Middle East, calling on both sides to act with restraint following their spat over Bahrain, the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review has learned.
In phone conversations with the two countries’ foreign ministers, Davutoğlu said peace and stability are a dire need for the turbulent region and should not be undermined.
Davutoğlu spoke twice on the phone with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, first in Ankara before departing for Russia and then in Moscow late Tuesday, diplomatic sources told the Daily News. The Turkish foreign minister also held a telephone conversation with the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, who expressed willingness to visit Turkey soon.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may also hold bilateral talks with Saudi Arabian officials on the sidelines of the Jeddah Economic Forum from Saturday to Tuesday.
Iran has criticized Saudi Arabia’s decision to send more than 1,000 troops to Bahrain at the request of the country’s Sunni rulers. The United Arab Emirates has sent 500 policemen to Bahrain and Qatar has said it would also send police.
“The presence of foreign troops and meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs will only further complicate the issue,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies. Iran, which sits across the Gulf from Bahrain, has summoned the Saudi Arabian ambassador to discuss the situation.
A Bahraini foreign ministry official called Iran’s remarks “blatant interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs,” the state news agency BNA said, adding that Bahrain had recalled its ambassador to Iran for consultations.
Bahrain has been gripped by its worst unrest since the 1990s after protesters took to the streets last month, inspired by uprisings that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.
The latest crisis between the country’s Shiite majority and its dominant Sunni minority has also, with the arrival of Saudi troops, revealed the regional hostilities between Sunni Arab countries and non-Arab Shiite Iran.
More than 60 percent of Bahrainis are Shiites, many of whom complain of discrimination by the ruling Sunni royal family.
Diplomatic sources said Davutoğlu also spoke on the phone with his counterparts from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the developments in the Middle East and North Africa, including Libya.
The European Parliament’s rapporteur for Turkey, Ria-Oomen Ruijten, sent a letter to Prime Minister Erdogan, who had said Ruijten’s report was unbalanced.
Ruijten said: “The report indicates three clauses well appreciated, 19 developments received gladly, 5 clauses received sadly and 3 developments received deeply sad. This is not a math calculation, but it shows that our goal is not to criticize but to advise and remember certain issues.”
Turkey will press on with its plans to build its first nuclear power plant, despite being situated in an earthquake fault line and despite Japan’s nuclear accident, the country’s prime minister said.
“We are now counting the months, even weeks, before we start our project with Russia for the nuclear plant at Akkuyu,” on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Tuesday during a visit to Moscow
Erdogan told a forum of Russian and Turkish business leaders that “everything is ready” for construction to begin on the plant. “We are going to commit to a nuclear program an investment of $20 billion,” the Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying.
Before leaving Ankara for the visit, the prime minister said the government would not go back on its decision to build three nuclear plants within the next five years, despite the crisis in Japan.
“There is no investment without risk,” Erdogan said.
Ankara and Moscow signed a deal in May last year to build the first nuclear reactor, sparking protests from environmentalists who warned of the dangers of locating it in a region known for seismic activity.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Turkey had demanded that extra security measures be taken in building the plant, given its location.
Turkey suffered a massive earthquake in 1998 that killed 140 people in Adana, its fifth largest city, close to Mersin, the province where the nuclear power plant is to be built.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that economic, political, military and cultural relations had been further improving between Turkey and Russia.
Prime Minister Erdogan attended the Turkey-Russia Business Forum as part of his official visit to Moscow. He recalled that they decided to establish a high-level cooperation council during Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev’s visit to Turkey in May 2010, adding, “today, we are in Moscow to attend the second meeting of the council. Economic, political, military and cultural relations have been further improving between our countries. The council has added a new dimension to our multi-dimensional relations with Russia.”
“Turkey-Russia Joint Economic Committee held its 11th meeting in Kazan on March 2 and 4, 2011. During the meeting, many important decisions were made about energy, agriculture, trade and transportation. We agreed to develop our cooperation in automotive industry, chemistry, shipbuilding, the health industry and the aviation industry. Another decision made at the meeting was to establish a working group to develop cooperation in banking and finance,” he said.
Referring to economic and commercial relations, Prime Minister Erdogan said: “Our trade volume exceeded $26 billion in 2010. We want to increase our trade volume to $100 billion in the next five years. Turkish construction firms have already undertaken nearly 1,200 projects in Russia worth of $32 billion.”
“Despite the global financial crisis, Turkey hosted three million Russian tourists in 2008, 2.7 million in 2009 and 3.1 million in 2010. I believe the number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey will increase in 2011. We invite Russian people to benefit from Turkey’s tourism opportunities,” he said.
“Energy is the most important dimension of our economic and commercial relations. In the next twenty years, energy investments worth of $100 billion will be made in Turkey. I think that such an environment will create new cooperation opportunities between our countries. As you know, we are about to begin construction of a nuclear power plant in cooperation with Russia. It will cost about $20 billion. We also attach great importance to establish a large Turkish logistic center in southern Russia,” he added.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that a cargo plane from Iran had been required to land in Southeast Turkey.
“The security checks are continuing at Diyarbakır airport,” a Foreign Ministry official told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review. The official declined to elaborate further and only said the checks would target both the plane’s documents and its cargo. The plane belongs to YAS, an Iranian transportation company.
An Iranian Embassy official in Ankara told the Daily News that the plane landed in Diyarbakır for refueling.
“The plane is now about to take off. There is no problem at all,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Doğan news agency (DHA), reported that Turkish fighter jets forced the plane to land Tuesday night at Diyarbakır airport so it could be searched for an alleged cargo of weapons being shipped from Iran to Syria.
The Turkish ministry official said it is a routine procedure for some foreign cargo planes to request permission to fly over Turkey and sometimes be required to make unscheduled landings to be searched.
“This Iranian cargo plane received permission but, even in this situation, we can ask some planes to make an unscheduled landing for technical reasons,” the official said. “We have done this with other planes in the past.”
The Anatolia news agency said the plane was heading from Tehran to Aleppo.
DHA said the plane was asked to make an unscheduled landing based on tip-offs that it was carrying nuclear weapons. The ministry did not provide any information about the plane’s cargo.
The visa procedure between Turkey and Russia officially ended during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Moscow. Turks who go to Russia after April 17 will not need a visa for entry and will be able to stay in that country for up to 30 days.
Erdogan underlined the importance of lifting visa procedures, and said he was expecting a significant rise in the number of Russian tourists this year.
Four million votes are needed to cross the 10 percent electoral threshold in Turkey. The Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) can get enough votes if it joins the upcoming general elections as a party.

Shahab 3 missile test launch (photo: ISNA – Rooholla Vahdati)

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