From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Castro making nuclear parts for Saddaam
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Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 01:42:34 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 01:42:05 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
FBI, CIA, CESID, CSIS, M 15, BND,
Asunto: Castro making nuclear parts for Saddaam
Fecha: Thursday, September 19, 2002 12:21 AM
Professor Manuel Cereijo who has very often been correct on Cuban
"For the last two years, a large part of Planta Mecanica
(in Cuba) has been dedicated to satisfy Iraq's nuclear centers
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Types of Uranium
Natural uranium- uranium that contains 99.3% of the isotope
0.7 % of the fissionable isotope uranium-235
Low enriched uranium- uranium that contains the isotope uranium
235 in a
concentration less than 20% and higher than 0.7%. Most commercial
fuel has been enriched to 3-5% of uranium 235
Highly enriched uranium- uranium that contains the isotope
uranium-235 in a
concentration above 20%. Highly enriched uranium is used in
reactors, naval propulsion reactors, and weapons.
Depleted uranium-uranium with less than 0.7% of the isotope
What is Uranium enrichment?
Uranium enrichment is a critical step in transforming natural
nuclear fuel or weapon grade uranium. Enrichment is the process
the concentration of uranium 235 while decreasing the
Aluminum-clad cylinders or rods are essential in the production
Since the early 1980s, Cuba started an intensive search for
in its territory. The objective was to provide these materials to
industry of Cuba. The department is the DMBA, Departamento de
Basicos. The department found uranium at the Northwest of Pinar
called the Hierro-Mantua ore.
Later, in the early 1990s, Cuba was able to obtain Yellow Kake
One of the two experimental nuclear reactors in Cuba is located
at the CIN,
Centro de Investigaciones Nucleares, of Pedro Pi, Southwest of La
This reactor is capable of converting U238 to Uranium 235 or
basic primary components of an atomic bomb.
Due to international regulations, Iraq cannot purchased aluminum
clad rods in
the world market. Neither has Iraq the manufacturing facilities
in place to
produce them. However, Cuba does.
Cuba has a large manufacturing plant-Planta Mecanica- that has
technology, and raw material to manufacture these kind of
aluminum rods, so much needed by Iraq to develop its nuclear
capabilities. Fuel element assemblies methods include welding,
pinning, including box-type elements and cylindrical element
Planta Mecanica is located north and west of the city of Santa
Clara, in the
center of Cuba. For the last few years its production has been
specialized needs for the biotechnology industry, as well as the
related industry. Planta Mecanica has been a key factor in the
Cuba's biotechnology industry, as well as in assisting Iran with
equipment and machinery needed to develop its biotechnology
that Iran cannot purchase in the world market.
For the last two years, a large part of Planta Mecanica
has been dedicated to satisfy Iraq's nuclear centers needs.
La planta mec√°nica del ICID est√° equipada con modernas m√°quinas
num√©rico para la producci√≥n de las partes mec√°nicas de los
equipos m√©dicos y
otros dispositivos. Corte