Zimbabwe strikes deal to sell uranium to Iran

via Zimbabwe strikes deal to sell uranium to Iran, according to report – Telegraph.

A deal has been struck between Iran and the Zimbabwe government which would see the African country sell raw materials for nuclear weapons to the Middle Eastern state, according to a report.

Telegraph Staff 3:33AM BST 10 Aug 2013

Gift Chimanikire, the Zimbabwean Deputy Mining Minister, told the Times newspaper that a memorandum of understanding had been signed to export uranium to Tehran, a move likely to prompt alarm in western capitals, particularly in Washington.

The United States and the European Union have imposed crippling sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, which Tehran insists is for peaceful energy uses but which they fear is intended to build a bomb.

Zimbabwe is also subject to international sanctions over its human rights record and its state-owned mining companies are banned from international trade, but a deal with Tehran circumnavigates such restrictions.

A report compiled by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog more than two years ago warned of such an outcome, detailing a visit from Iran’s then Foreign and Co-operative Ministers to Zimbabwe to strike a deal, with the Iranians also sending engineers to assess uranium deposits.

Robert Mugabe with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran in 2006

Robert Mugabe with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran in 2006

Chimanikire told the Times that a deal had been reached last year.

A Chinese company has been surveying yellow-cake deposits in the far northeast of the country and the Zimbabwe government has been actively looking for buyers, according to Mr Chimanikire, who, as an opposition politician, served in the outgoing coalition Government under President Robert Mugabe.

Uranium ore, or yellow cake, can be converted to a uranium gas which is then processed into nuclear fuel or enriched to make nuclear weapons.

Iran has long maintained that it needs the uranium for peaceful nuclear aspirations, to fuel a domestic energy programme, though a sceptical west fears its enrichment for a nuclear bomb.

Mr Mugabe, who is beginning his seventh term as Zimbabwe president following an election once against stained by accusations of widespread vote rigging, has previously described Tehran’s quest for nuclear power as a “just cause”.

Mr Chimanikire’s claim, as reported in the Times, is the first time that a serving government official has spoken of a formal agreement between the two countries over the export of the materials. He is expected to step down from his role as deputy mining minister next week when Mr Mugabe forms his latest government, despite Mr Chimanikire retaining his seat during the elections.

Original report http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/africa/article3839144.ece

 

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    roparembwa 7 years ago

    Masoja edu aya anozvinyepera kufunga kuti kurova vanhu nema baton sticks ndo defence. Manje apo drone icha bvachachira Zim ndipo patichabvuma kuti nyika yedu iyi haina defence zvachose. Just one drone will do the job.

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    It’s a shame Zimbabwe has people like you roparembwa. Typical of losers. The people of Zimbabwe saw through this MDC facade that’s why they voted ZANU P F

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    Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

    Well done now we know what the rest of the world is like , if we’re not true the fight for our own we would be still stuck in the past under the impression that Britain and America are the world to hell with them
    They must take there $ out of our country we can still the Yen ..why not or even better bring back our beautiful Zimbabwean Dollar soon six months max