Iran Attempted Shopping Spree, Fueling Nuke Fears
Tehran tries to buy 100K banned magnets
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 14, 2013 7:54 AM CST
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday Feb. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – Iran has tried to buy huge quantities of banned nuclear-linked magnets amid announced plans for thousands more centrifuges. The news has experts concerned that the country could be ready to give its nuclear program a major boost, the Washington Post reports. A year ago, Tehran attempted to order some 100,000 of the magnets, or 50,000 centrifuges' worth, from China, despite UN sanctions banning their export to Iran. Whether the purchase went through isn't known.

"They are positioning themselves to make a lot of nuclear progress quickly," says a European official. At the same time, however, Tehran has announced that it's turning some of its uranium into material that's difficult to use in a weapons capacity—perhaps in an effort to soothe the West. Negotiators couldn't reach a nuclear deal during talks yesterday in the country, an UN official says. "As on previous occasions," Iran refused inspectors entry to a possible bomb-trigger testing site. "We will work hard now to try and resolve the remaining differences, but time is needed to reflect on the way forward," the official says, per the New York Times.

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Feb 14, 2013 12:49 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ....... North Korea told Ahmadinejad, when you get the money, we'll give you the rocket with "the bomb" .. and then you won't have make your own. --- Iran will then be the 'big' bully on the block, and then Iran can make all the stupid threats they want, to the "US paper tiger." --------- REALLY
Feb 14, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Magnets will be the end of us all. Damn science.
Feb 14, 2013 11:09 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Whatever Texas Governor RICK PERRY's or Rep. Ron Paul's 2012 Presidential Debate on Iran's nuclear program, American people had learnt that time have been changed since (D) President Jimmy Carter's policy. Iran is a nuclear occupied nation now followed after India, Pakistan. If the international don't want the nuclear-linked magnets or centrifuges' worth; we can consider to make a policy to use rockets to ship the nuclear garbage materials to an "assigned star", one little star in space and dump it there, away from the Earth.