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U.S. Announces It Intends to Move Tons of Uranium From Baghdad
NY Times ^ | May 22, 2004 | JAMES GLANZ

Posted on 05/24/2004 6:50:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin

IENNA, May 21 — The United States has informed an international agency that oversees nuclear materials that it intends to move hundreds of tons of uranium from a sealed repository south of Baghdad to a more secure place outside Iraq, Western diplomats close to the agency say.

But the organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has taken the position that the uranium is Iraqi property and that the agency cannot give permission to remove it, a diplomat said. The diplomat said that the United States was unlikely to be deterred by that position and that American officials had contacted the agency on the matter this year, before the Iraq insurgency flared last month.

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TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004; 200405; altuwaitha; atomic; disposal; iaea; iraq; iraqiwmd; nuclear; proliferation; un; uranium; weapons; wmd; yellowcake
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Didn't see this anywhere else on FR
1 posted on 05/24/2004 6:50:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Admin Moderator
I'm a little uncertain on the protocol for posting NY Times excerpts.

Am particularly concerned that this link does not require registration.
2 posted on 05/24/2004 6:51:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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NYT was sourced, but this also appeared in the ContraCostaTimes at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/8731165.htm?1c.


3 posted on 05/24/2004 6:53:51 PM PDT by alancarp (When does it cease to be Freedom of the Press, and become outright sedition???)
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This must be a hoax. There is no uranium, no yellow cake, no evidence of any kind of weapons or mass destruction or of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq.

/ sarcasm


4 posted on 05/24/2004 6:54:13 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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I'm thinking that would have to be uranium ore or yellowcake or something besides refined uranium, to be measured in tons (whether short-tons, or metric-tons).

/john

5 posted on 05/24/2004 6:55:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Soy el jefe de la cocina. No disguta conmigo.)
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You are correct. That is in fact what the article says.


6 posted on 05/24/2004 6:56:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Now here's a switch. I figured they'd accuse the U.S. of bringing it in. Now they're getting their knickers in a bunch because we want to take it out.


7 posted on 05/24/2004 6:57:07 PM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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Yes, the lefties seem to think we are wrong to seperate the Uranium ore from the same situation in Iraq which they claim is 'chaotic'.


8 posted on 05/24/2004 6:59:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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They had this much radioactive material? Who bloody cares about WMD when they had this?!
9 posted on 05/24/2004 7:00:01 PM PDT by Asclepius (protectionists would outsource our dignity and prosperity in return for illusory job security)
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Now here's a switch. I figured they'd accuse the U.S. of bringing it in. Now they're getting their knickers in a bunch because we want to take it out.

Taking away the terrorists weapons of mass destruction... appalling!

10 posted on 05/24/2004 7:00:21 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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Now I see why the U.S. was concerned about that German company selling high grade alloy tubes designed for a nuclear centrifuge. (Saddam claimed they were 'rocket casings' IIRC)


11 posted on 05/24/2004 7:02:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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fits with a stupid lady caller to "Is Larry King Alive with Bob Woodward" tonight ... she says, "did I hear the president right, did he try to get us to believe there are foreign fighters, even terrorists, behind the insurgent uprising in Iraq?"

Yes, TERRORISTS. KILLERS. THUGS.

and, yes, with weapons of mass distruction to include botulinum toxin, mustard, ricin and sarin in addition to radiological & nuclear materials. Can the average voter say "DIRTY BOMB" ???

12 posted on 05/24/2004 7:02:33 PM PDT by Steven W.
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strange that tonight Bush didn't mention the sarin laced shell or the yellow cake or the Bio WMD found so far in Iraq...I think his speech was canned for Iraq and other mid eastern countries...he looked pleasant and patriarchal...

Personally I wish he had looked more like a crazy Dad with a shotgun in his hand, fuming about WMDs and terrorists killing their own people!


13 posted on 05/24/2004 7:03:05 PM PDT by bitt
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That ain't what the headline says. I didn't read the whole article. But I don't click on links to possible NY Slimes articles. I'd spend too much time in the shower, trying to scrub away the stench.

/john

14 posted on 05/24/2004 7:03:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Soy el jefe de la cocina. No disguta conmigo.)
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TC Rider,


The repository, at Tuwaitha, a centerpiece of Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program until it was largely shut down after the first Persian Gulf war in 1991, holds more than 500 tons of uranium, none of it enriched enough to be used directly in a nuclear weapon.


Good God Almighty !


500 tons of Urainium. I suppose it was intended to make Islamic-themed "black-ligh posters".



Patton@Bastogne


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15 posted on 05/24/2004 7:03:30 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (John "Heinz" Kerry won't be the Nov-2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee)
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"I'm a little uncertain on the protocol for posting NY Times excerpts."

You are supposed to verify all statements for factual validity and add a "Barf Alert" to the title.

16 posted on 05/24/2004 7:05:58 PM PDT by bayourod (Gay weddings will provoke Muslim terrorist attacks on America, but the press will blame Bush)
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To hell with protocol and the U.N.

Confiscate it!

17 posted on 05/24/2004 7:06:05 PM PDT by LibKill (There's nobody more peaceful and less troubling than a dead trouble-maker.)
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Roger that.

I just couldn't resist the implications of the information - and the NY Times is cerainly NOT a 'right-wing' publication - the lefties can't deny this.

18 posted on 05/24/2004 7:06:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Just Blixify it.... "Der uranium ore vas well known to everyone und unter seal. It vas never a crediable threat. It vas even reported in der New York Slimes... er Times."

The leftists think they can spin out of anything. They think they learned to drive on ice.

/john

19 posted on 05/24/2004 7:10:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Soy el jefe de la cocina. No disguta conmigo.)
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To: LibKill
Confiscate it!

But, please, don't nuke it. ;>)

/john

20 posted on 05/24/2004 7:12:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Soy el jefe de la cocina. No disguta conmigo.)
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