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  1. #1 Obama Just Approved Huge Uranium Shipment To Iran 
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    AP Exclusive: Diplomats: Iran to get natural uranium batch
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/db5a8...22939ed84a0d49

    AP Ė Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact.

    Two senior diplomats said the transfer recently agreed by the U.S. and five other world powers that negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran foresees delivery of 116 metric tons (nearly 130 tons) of natural uranium. U.N. Security Council approval is needed but a formality, considering five of those powers are permanent Security Council members, they said.

    Uranium can be enriched to levels ranging from reactor fuel or medical and research purposes to the core of an atomic bomb. Iran says it has no interest in such weapons and its activities are being closely monitored under the nuclear pact to make sure they remain peaceful.

    Tehran already got a similar amount of natural uranium in 2015 as part of negotiations leading up to the nuclear deal, in a swap for enriched uranium it sent to Russia. But the new shipment will be the first such consignment since the deal came into force a year ago.

    The diplomats, whose main focus is Iranís nuclear program, demanded anonymity Monday because they are not allowed to discuss the programís confidential details.

    The diplomats said any natural uranium transferred to Iran after the deal came into effect would be under strict surveillance by the U.N.ís International Atomic Energy Agency for 25 years after implementation of the deal.

    David Albright, whose Institute of Science and International Security often briefs U.S. lawmakers on Iranís nuclear program, says the shipment could be enriched to enough weapons-grade uranium for more than 10 simple nuclear bombs, ďdepending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon.Ē
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    Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi confirmed a report in the Dec. 30th Wall Street Journal that:
    ďÖ the total amount of money paid to Iran over the past 4 years is in excess of $10 billion.Ē
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