Man Accused of Attempting Uranium Sale to Iran

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 23, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

An in­di­vidu­al from Si­erra Le­one is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to trans­fer 1,000 met­ric tons of powdered urani­um “yel­low­cake” to U.S. op­er­at­ives dis­guised as would-be traf­fick­ers to Ir­an, Re­u­ters re­por­ted on Fri­day.

After au­thor­it­ies de­tained Patrick Camp­bell on Wed­nes­day at New York’s John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port, the 33-year-old al­legedly con­fessed to dis­cuss­ing the pos­sible deal, fed­er­al at­tor­neys said in a court fil­ing. He had a small amount of urani­um hid­den in his bag­gage at the time of his de­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

A fed­er­al judge could im­pose on Camp­bell a max­im­um of $1 mil­lion in pen­al­ties and two dec­ades’ im­pris­on­ment if he is found guilty of charges in­clud­ing vi­ol­at­ing U.S. sanc­tions against Ir­an, which Wash­ing­ton sus­pects aims to de­vel­op a nuc­le­ar arms ca­pa­city un­der the guise of a peace­ful atom­ic en­ergy pro­gram.

Mined urani­um is suited for con­ver­sion in­to yel­low­cake, which in turn can yield urani­um hex­a­flu­or­ide suited for en­rich­ment in­to ma­ter­i­al for ci­vil­ian pur­poses or nuc­le­ar weapons.

Ir­an’s re­cently con­firmed top dip­lo­mat has said “the pos­ses­sion of nuc­le­ar arms doesn’t con­form with the in­terests of the coun­try and threatens the se­cur­ity of Ir­an,” Agence France-Presse re­por­ted on Fri­day.

“We will show the world that there is no threat from Ir­an,” For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammad Javad Za­rif said in com­ments re­por­ted by Ir­an’s Fars News Agency.

He sug­ges­ted, though, that “West­ern lead­ers have not un­der­stood” the bot­tom line of Pres­id­ent Has­san Rouh­ani’s vic­tory at the polls in June.

“They think the gov­ern­ment will waive [Ir­an’s atom­ic] rights,” Za­rif said. “The United States and European coun­tries must un­der­stand that the Ir­a­ni­an people will not give up their rights and no gov­ern­ment can af­ford to do it.

What We're Following See More »
RELIEVES MARK TONER
Former Fox Anchor Heather Nauert to Be State Dept. Spokeswoman
8 hours ago
THE DETAILS
NOT WORRIED ABOUT BUDGET NEUTRALITY
Trump Wants to Slash Corporate Rate to 15%
10 hours ago
THE LATEST
PROMISES “MASSIVE” CUTS
Trump Tax Reform Package Coming Next Week
10 hours ago
THE LATEST

President Trump today said he'll be releasing his tax reformpacakge next week around the 100-day mark of his presidency. He promised that "businesses and individuals will receive a 'massive tax cut ... bigger I believe than any tax cut ever."

Source:
ONLY BROAD PRINCIPLES
Mulvaney: Tax Reform Details Won’t Be Released This Week
10 hours ago
THE LATEST

Despite President Trump's announcement that his tax reform proposal would be released this week, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney now says it will be ready in June. This week's announcement will be limited to "specific governing principles."

Source:
DOMESTIC PRIORITIES
Pence Cuts Asia Trip Short For Big Week
14 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Vice President Mike Pence has cut his Asia trip short "to race back to Washington, where the Trump administration faces a critical week on tax reform and a funding plan to keep the government running, an aide said on Sunday." Pence will return to Washington on Tuesday morning instead of Wednesday. Trump has a busy week ahead, as he plans to roll out a tax reform on framework, sign a number of executive orders, and works to keep the government open past Friday.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login