Zimbabwe to sell uranium to Iran

Zimbabwe is to defy United Nations sanctions in a deal to sell uranium to Iran

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe‘s
foreign minister, said the sanctions – which prohibit member states from
providing Iran with raw materials that it could use to make a nuclear weapon
– were unfair and hypocritical.

He said that Zimbabwe, which is also the subject of sanctions over human
rights abuses perpetrated by President Robert Mugabe’s supporters, would
benefit economically from the agreement.

A leaked intelligence report suggests Iran
will be awarded with exclusive access to Zimbabwe’s uranium in return for
providing the country with fuel.

The report – compiled by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog – said Iran’s
Foreign and Co-operative Ministers had visited Zimbabwe to strike a deal,
and sent engineers to assess uranium deposits.

Experts say the move contradicts Iran’s claim that it now has enough domestic
uranium supplies to sustain its nuclear energy ambitions. They say
Zimbabwe’s defiance of sanctions and its support for the pariah state will
scare those considering investing in its economy, which is only just
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