Zimbabwe’s Reelected Dictator Selling Uranium to Iran? Pariah Nations Do Band Together


Robert Mugabe, at age 89 just reelected to another 5-year term as president of Zimbabwe — though his rivals say he cheated again — is now shaking up the world community by agreeing to supply uranium to Iran.

The scoop is in the British newspaper The Times, as excerpted here:

 Zimbabwe’s government has signed an agreement with Iran to sell raw materials for a nuclear weapon in direct breach of international sanctions, a senior [Zimbabwean] government official has told The Times.

The move by Harare and Tehran is expected to provoke international outrage, because of the attempt to circumvent punitive Western sanctions imposed on the two regimes.

Gift Chimanikire, the Zimbabwean Deputy Mining Minister, said that a memorandum of understanding had been signed to export uranium to Tehran, despite warnings from Washington of serious “ramifications” if such a deal went ahead.

The governments of the United States and Israel had no immediate comment. As for Iranian officials, they would likely say that the uranium is needed to produce radioactive isotopes for medical uses. They consistently deny that Iran is working toward creating nuclear bombs. Britain’s The Times newspaper appears to have no doubt.

An editorial in the newspaper — while noting that the Ministry of Mines in Zimbabwe is officially denying the story — adds: “Despotisms may have no inherent common purpose, but they help to sustain each other.” The editors call on the United Nations to enforce its sanctions against Zimbabwe and Iran strongly.

August 9, 2013

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