Great news: US 'not confident' it has identified all of Iran's uranium mines
A US official at the P 5+1 nuclear talks has told the Jerusalem Post that the United States is 'not confident
' that it has identified all of Iran's uranium mines.
Western powers argue that a deal is better than not for one reason
above all: Visibility. The US seeks access for the UN's International
Atomic Energy Agency to the entire chain of custody on Iran's enrichment
program. US officials say this access is the world's best chance to
detect the siphoning of raw material to covert facilities— of far
greater concern to Washington than Iran's facilities publicly declared.
Asked by The Jerusalem Post whether the US government is
confident that it has identified all of Iran's uranium mines, a US
official at the talks said they are not.
The two mines known to the US are at Gachin and Saghand, where a
nearby mill, at Ardakan, is near completion and is scheduled to begin
production shortly. The point of a deal, the official said, is to keep
track of the product of those mines and mills.
An entire chain of custody would have to be covert, from the
extraction of ore to its conversion to yellowcake, to its conversion to
fuel and ultimately its weaponization, for Iran to circumvent this deal
and build a weapon, the official continued. Even then, the US seeks
access for the IAEA to additional facilities suspected of aiding in
What could go wrong?
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