Iran suddenly discovers “unexpected” uranium reserves

posted at 1:01 pm on September 12, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

If there’s one thing better than a wonderful surprise gift, it’s the one that arrives at just the perfect time when you need it the most. That must be the feeling in Tehran this month because they’ve not only sealed a sweetheart deal with the United States regarding their nuclear program, but their glide path may have just gotten considerably smoother. One of the baseline assumptions of John Kerry’s deal – and an assumption accepted by pretty much the entire world – was that Iran was near the end of their supplies of usable quality uranium. To get more they would soon need to begin dealing with other countries for it and we could quickly discover any such transactions.. at least in theory. But now that may not be such a big deal to the Supreme Leader. Surprise! They’ve discovered some unexpected uranium reserves of their own which they should be able to start mining. (Reuters)

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 Organisation said on Saturday.

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

Any indication Iran could become more self-sufficient will be closely watched by world powers, which reached a landmark deal with Tehran in July over its program. They had feared the nuclear activities were aimed at acquiring the capability to produce atomic weapons – something denied by Tehran.

Iran has been engaged in some “aerial prospecting” to locate mineral resources. (You can read a brief overview of how that works here, but basically you can scan for radiation signatures from the air, even in heavily wooded areas. Deserts should be even easier.) This is really some amazingly fortunate timing for them, isn’t it? I mean, what are the odds? Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, is quoted as saying that up until now his projections for mining prospects “were not too optimistic” but now they are “confident about our reserves.”

Speaking of great timing, Iran has also just announced in the most reasonable of fashions that they will be allowing IAEA inspectors to be present for the collection of samples at the heavily guarded Parchin military site.

United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.

Doing this allows Iran to at least attempt to defuse some of the criticism of the deal since they had previously stonewalled absolutely everyone in terms of access to the site. But continuing with our theme of great timing, allow me to be a tad bit skeptical when I note how wonderful it is that they’ve made this announcement now after they had all the time they wanted to scrub the place clean. Thanks, guys.

Returning for a moment to the uranium reserves question, it shouldn’t be all that shocking that some rich reserves are left. If you look at a map of the most dense known reserves of uranium on the planet, you find them in southern Russia and Kazakhstan, spreading through the rest of the ‘stans which border on… (Ding Ding Ding!) Iran. None of them, however, come close to the density of uranium found beneath one equatorial African site which, in the distant past, was so tightly packed with the fuel that it created a naturally occurring nuclear reactor.

Ah, those Iranians. They just seem to have the luck of the Irish these days.


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Thanks Hillary1

Oxymoron on September 12, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Does Hillary! now need to worry about Russian Polonium poisoning? She did sort of screw them (for her own personal gain of course).

Of course this somewhat screws Iranian ally Russia, which rained lots of money on The Clinton Crime Family Foundation when Hillary was Secretary of State to grease the wheels to buy half of America’s Uranium supply to have it to sell to Iran. Apparently they don’t need it.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 1:06 PM

yeah “unexpectedly”…

Tazz 55 on September 12, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Our daily reminder that obama is an international terrorist and a sworn enemy of the United States and Israel.

Pork-Chop on September 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Does Hillary! now need to worry about Russian Polonium poisoning? She did sort of screw them (for her own personal gain of course).

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Hah. You read Clancy too? Awesome.

fossten on September 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM

obama and Hillary, now Kerry, are very good to obama’s bros.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

I wonder what the next blockbuster is to drop.

vnvet on September 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

obama…..like john “hanibel” smith….i love it when a plan comes together…sits back and chooms.

jaywemm on September 12, 2015 at 1:17 PM

“This is great news, now the Iranians will have more than enough electric power for their people.”

– President Ignoramus Maximus

fogw on September 12, 2015 at 1:18 PM

I wonder what the next blockbuster is to drop.

vnvet on September 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

They will “find” an already built fission bomb.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 1:21 PM

So . . . I guess the self inspection DOES work then?

Just sayin . . .

Skipity on September 12, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Curious why they would even disclose this.

Lance Corvette on September 12, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Wow! What are the odds that would happen!

Torcert on September 12, 2015 at 1:25 PM

So . . . I guess the self inspection DOES work then?

Just sayin . . .

Skipity on September 12, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Gun owners should demand the same deal…

Just sayin . . .

Torcert on September 12, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Gun owners should demand the same deal…

Just sayin . . .

Torcert on September 12, 2015 at 1:26 PM

I’m a gun owner and I self inspect.

Don’t you?

Skipity on September 12, 2015 at 1:27 PM

I’m now of the belief that Iran may already have nukes.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Ah, those Iranians. They just seem to have the luck of the Irish these days.

O’Bama.

Barnestormer on September 12, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Lurch and Bambi are so stupid. There are two kinds of “atomic bombs” the old fashion kind made from enriched uranium and the new and improved one made from plutonium. All a country needs is a supply of uranium ore, a few centrifuges and a reactor (they fit in submarines). Add some money and… just like magic you have a plutonium bomb. You don’t need an ICBM to deliver it either. A truck or tramp steamer will work just fine.

growl on September 12, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Gun owners should demand the same deal…

Just sayin . . .

Torcert on September 12, 2015 at 1:26 PM

I’m a gun owner and I self inspect.

Don’t you?

Skipity on September 12, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Government Official: Do you own any guns?

Citizen: No, I self inspected and found none.

Government Official: Okay, if that is good enough for the Iranians it should be good enough for US Citizens.

Torcert on September 12, 2015 at 1:34 PM

I’m now of the belief that Iran may already have nukes.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2015 at 1:28 PM

No, they checked themselves and said they don’t.

Why would they #LIE about something like that?

Torcert on September 12, 2015 at 1:35 PM

And our intelligence agencies didn’t know about this? I doubt it.

rbj on September 12, 2015 at 1:36 PM

From that picture for the article you can see how there could have been some confusion.

“How did you not know you had weapons grade plutonium before?!?”

“Oh, we thought it was ground corn.”

“OK. Don’t let it happen again.”

Skipity on September 12, 2015 at 1:37 PM

You don’t need an ICBM to deliver it either. A truck or tramp steamer will work just fine.

growl on September 12, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Thanks to our Southern Border.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 1:40 PM

The Iranians are having fun laughing at the fools Obama and Kerry.

“Good news, Mr. Barry O, we also just found a warehouse full of nuclear weapons! Surprise!!!”

albill on September 12, 2015 at 1:41 PM

They’ve been so lucky lately that they should buy a lottery ticket. No doubt the regime has called them to congratulate them on their great news.

Jackson on September 12, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Wish we’d show them some of our uranium that provides 1200 mph winds and the heat of 10 suns.

Ruckus_Tom on September 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

“Oh, THOSE tons of yellowcake. How silly of me, I forgot.”

mojo on September 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Wish we’d show them some of our uranium that provides 1200 mph winds and the heat of 10 suns.

Ruckus_Tom on September 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

I’m all for giving Iran some nukes. In exactly the manner in which you describe.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Curious why they would even disclose this.

Lance Corvette on September 12, 2015 at 1:24 PM

You insult your enemy in public when he is weak and you wish to exploit that weakness and put it on display for all to see. It is a morale boost for your supporters and a demoralizer for your enemy and their supporters.

Now imagine Trump dealing with this! [evil grin]

dominigan on September 12, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Hipsters interviewed about the Iran Deal

These big city “man on the street” videos are funny, but also absolute proof that not everyone should be allowed to vote!

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 1:59 PM

The deal isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on….

sorrowen on September 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

You insult your enemy in public when he is weak and you wish to exploit that weakness and put it on display for all to see. It is a morale boost for your supporters and a demoralizer for your enemy and their supporters.

Now imagine Trump dealing with this! [evil grin]

dominigan on September 12, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Yep.

Trump has even made reference to the fact that he expects Iran WILL RELEASE our hostages when he becomes President. For one thing they’ve done exactly that before, releasing the Embassy Hostages on Inauguration Day 1981.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

uranium is not used for nuclear power any longer. This is for bomb building exclusively.

paulsur on September 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

The deal isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on….

sorrowen on September 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Just think of it as an Obama “promise”. Except this one’s expiration date is retroactive to 1979.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

uranium is not used for nuclear power any longer. This is for bomb building exclusively.

paulsur on September 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Correct. Uranium only has two uses: to use in a breeder reactor to start producing Plutonium or to make a “Little Boy” type Fission Bomb.

Plutonium is what is used for nuclear power generation and as the fission initiator to a Hydrogen Bomb.

Iran probably already has enough enriched Uranium to build more than one 10 kiloton yield fission bombs.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM

The deal isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on….
sorrowen on September 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Just think of it as an Obama “promise”. Except this one’s expiration date is retroactive to 1979.
ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM
Well I figured they would violate the deal but not even day one lol it’s like the middle finger too Obama lol.

sorrowen on September 12, 2015 at 2:06 PM

The deal isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on….

sorrowen on September 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Neither is our currency.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I’m sure the next “bomb” (I should avoid puns like that on this subject) to drop will be the Iranian initiation of Plutonium production. I expect that to happen any day now.

That will mean that Iran already has Uranium for Bombs and wants Plutonium for BIGGER Bombs. The yield of a Plutonium implosion fission bomb is almost double that of a Uranium “gun fired” one (20kt vs about 10). And it also gives you the first stage of a far bigger (Mt range) Hydrogen Bomb.

I bet they are also setting up Tritium (an isotope of Hydrogen) production too…

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Well the Dems defended this….

sorrowen on September 12, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Ah, those Iranians. They just seem to have the luck of the Irish these days.

…they have a Kenyan Kerry Killary…rabbit foot!

JugEarsButtHurt on September 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Getting pretty tired of SMH.
It’s all just so … sooooo …. SMH.
:-(

pambi on September 12, 2015 at 2:37 PM

uranium is not used for nuclear power any longer. This is for bomb building exclusively.

paulsur on September 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Gotta wonder about a nation that sits atop some of the world’s hugest oil reserves, and wants to build nuclear power plants for “peaceful” energy purposes. You know…like all those windmill farms and solar cells they’re no doubt pursuing as well.

JetBoy on September 12, 2015 at 2:52 PM

I know Valerie Jarrett is Iranian, but since did not know that Obama and Kerry were.

Techster64 on September 12, 2015 at 2:54 PM

dominigan on September 12, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Interesting, kind of like they always build a mosque on top of churches in conquered Christian lands.

I wouldn’t have revealed it, but what’s Obama gonna do, nothing that’s what.

Lance Corvette on September 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Look on the bright side, folks, if the US Government found some stuff like that, they’d accidentally dump it in a river in a red state somewhere.

fossten on September 12, 2015 at 3:44 PM

“Previous Assessments”
Would those have been made by Ambassador Joe Wilson, the famed expert on “Yellowcake”?

Another Drew on September 12, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Lemme try this comment again without spelling out the curseword.

The uranium sites should be nuked. Give them a radiation signature that can’t be missed for centuries.

Then if the Mullahs still insist on “nuclear power” give them plans for Thorium nuclear plants, and say “knock yourselves out A**h*les.”

*Thorium and similar technologies will produce electricity without producing plutonium waste that can be weaponized.

Allahs vulva on September 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM

I know Valerie Jarrett is Iranian, but since did not know that Obama and Kerry were.

Techster64 on September 12, 2015 at 2:54 PM

They aren’t. O is a Muslim* and K is just an idiot and a traitor**.

*He said that the Muslim call to prayer is the “sweetest sound” he’s ever heard, and if you’ve recited the Shahada(the Muslim profession of faith), you are considered Muslim. Think he didn’t when he attended Muslim school as a kid?

**Google “Winter Soldier”

IrishEyes on September 12, 2015 at 4:59 PM

*Thorium and similar technologies will produce electricity without producing plutonium waste that can be weaponized.

Allahs vulva on September 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Hmmm. Wonder why our “smartest guy in the room” and his legions of promoters (including the LSM) never even hinted at this? Because in spite of the lies they say, they are in favor of Iran getting nuclear bombs. They think it will diminish our position as a global power/leader. Like O hasn’t already done that!

IrishEyes on September 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM

I wonder what the next blockbuster is to drop.

vnvet on September 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Hacked email to reveal Killary brokered secret deal arranging for shipment of 50,000 more centrifuges to Iran in exchange for $100 million donation to the Clinton Crime Syndicate …

ShainS on September 12, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Hey, we thought all those heavy, reinforced drums of yellow powder were tumeric. Wondered why people said our curry was “killer.”

~~

Great that IAEA personnel can witness the taking of samples. My concern would be the chain of custody.

Adjoran on September 12, 2015 at 5:16 PM

When Iran succeeds in committing horrors worse than anything humanity has known before, understand that they aren’t the only guilty ones, since Obama has facilitated their ability to do what they’ve always wanted. But it isn’t just his fault, either. Who put him where he is? His supporters and voters. When the mushroom cloud rises over Tel Aviv, find his supporters you personally know, and help them realize their guilt in the atrocities that will be taking place.

86 on September 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM

uranium is not used for nuclear power any longer. This is for bomb building exclusively.

paulsur on September 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Correct. Uranium only has two uses: to use in a breeder reactor to start producing Plutonium or to make a “Little Boy” type Fission Bomb.

Plutonium is what is used for nuclear power generation and as the fission initiator to a Hydrogen Bomb.

Iran probably already has enough enriched Uranium to build more than one 10 kiloton yield fission bombs.

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Enriched uranium is still used as fuel in power reactors. U-238 is converted to Pu-239 in these reactors but only accounts for about 10% of the power produced at the end of the fuel cycle. It starts of at about zero at the beginning of cycle and increases to 10% over core life.

Oldnuke on September 12, 2015 at 7:51 PM

The yield of a Plutonium implosion fission bomb is almost double that of a Uranium “gun fired” one (20kt vs about 10). And it also gives you the first stage of a far bigger (Mt range) Hydrogen Bomb.

I bet they are also setting up Tritium (an isotope of Hydrogen) production too…

ConstantineXI on September 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

The yield of a weapon is usually whatever it’s designed to be. Just making it out of uranium or plutonium doesn’t lock in it’s yield. Case in point the W44 warhead was a plutonium implosion device. It’s tested yield was in the neighborhood of 10Kt, not 20 while the Little Boy type weapon as tested at Trinity had a yield of around 15Kt.

Oldnuke on September 12, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Correction on my 8:02pm post. The Little Boy weapon wasn’t tested at trinity it was tested at Hiroshima with a calculated yield of 15Kt.

Oldnuke on September 13, 2015 at 1:30 AM

NEXT:

Iran will discover an atom bomb they accidentally assembled.

Thanks Obama and the rest of your insane and self-destructive Democrat toadies!

landlines on September 13, 2015 at 2:13 AM

Time to call Curt LeMay.

Younggod on September 13, 2015 at 3:42 AM

Unexpected? No.
Completely expected.

Wait, am I stuck in a cartoon?
And if so, why am I the Evil Doctor Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb?

Ah, Perry the Platypus! What an unexpected surprise.
And by unexpected, I mean completely expected!

gekkobear on September 13, 2015 at 5:27 AM