November 21, 2006

Blighted Homeland - Uranium Mining

From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore were dug and blasted from Navajo soil, nearly all of it for America's atomic arsenal. Navajos inhaled radioactive dust, drank contaminated water and built homes using rock from the mines and mills. Many of the dangers persist to this day. This four-part series examines the legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo reservation. [via Los Angeles Times]

How to Get a Nuclear Bomb

William Langewiesche at The Atlantic Monthly has written an article about terorists acquiring a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately the article requires a subscription. So if any of the readers have one, drop us a line and let us know what we said. [via The Atlantic Monthly]

IAEA delays ruling on disputed Iran atom aid

A divided U.N. nuclear watchdog has put off until Thursday ruling on Iran's bid for aid for a project the West fears could yield bomb-grade plutonium, but is still likely to block such assistance, diplomats said.

They said Western and developing nations had failed to hammer out a compromise deal on Iran's request at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's technical affairs committee, meeting ahead of an IAEA governing board session. [via Yahoo! News]
November 14, 2006

Iran: Nuclear program will be operating by February

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday his country expects its uranium enrichment program to be ready by February to meet Iran's nuclear fuel needs, the national news service IRNA reported.

"We will commission some 3,000 centrifuges by this year end. We are determined to master fuel cycle, and commission some 60,000 centrifuges to meet our demands," the president said at a news conference closed to foreign reporters.

"Today the Iranian nation possesses the full nuclear fuel cycle and time is completely running in our favor in terms of diplomacy."

Ahmadinejad said Iran hopes to celebrate its nuclear success during the "Ten-Day Dawn" festivities at the beginning of February, which mark the country's victory in the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

"This year's Ten-Day Dawn period will mark the Iranian nation's success in mastering fuel cycle as well as its achievements in other fields," the president said. [via]

IAEA finds plutonium at Iran waste facility

International Atomic Energy Agency experts have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran and have asked Tehran for details, a report from the U.N. watchdog said Tuesday.

The report, prepared for next week’s meeting of the 35-nation IAEA, also faulted Tehran for not cooperating with the agency’s attempts to investigate suspicious aspects of Iran's nuclear program that have led to fears it might be interested in developing nuclear arms.

The report came on the same day that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Iran would soon celebrate the completion of its controversial nuclear fuel program. [via]

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