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RAASZYUW RUEKJCS3431 0640511-SSSS--RUEALGX. ZNY SSSSS 
HEADER 0505112 MAR DIA WASHINGTON INFO RUCJACC/USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL//CARA// RUEALGX/SAFE 042139Z MAR SECSTATE WASHDC ALL AFRICAN DIPLOMATIC POSTS 
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 0000 

RUEHAS/AMEMBASSY ALGIERS 0000 RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0000 RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0000 RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0000 RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0000 
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STATE 041912 .NOFORN 
E.O. 12958: DECL: (3-04-12) 
BODY TAGS: PINR, 

SUBJECT: INR/AA ANALYSIS FOR FEBRUARY -MARCH CLASSIFIED JOHN YATES, INR/AA OFFICE DIRECTOR, 
1.5 (C) AND (D) 
FOLLOWING INR/AA ANALYSIS PROVIDED FOR YOUR 
AND/OR COMMENTS. TABLE CONTENTS 
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NIGER-IRAQ: SALE NIGER URANIUM IRAQ 

URANIUM IRAQ UNLIKELY ....._J NOT PLANNING SELL URANIUM FRANCE CONTROLS THE URANIUM WOULD TAKE ACTION BLOCK SALE 

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NEITHER 

PRESIDENT TANDJA NOR KEY OFFICIALS HIS GOVERNMENT, WHO 
UNDERSTAND THE VALUE GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE AND OTHER AID DONORS, WOULD RISK JEOPARDIZING THEM SELLING URANIUM IRAQ. ADDITION, THE SALE WOULD VIOLATE SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 687. +1-FRANCE, WHICH USES NUCLEAR POWER PRODUCE ABOUT PERCENT ITS ELECTRICITY, OBTAINS AROUND PERCENT ITS URANIUM FROM TWO MINES ARLIT, DEEP THE SAHARA NORTHERN NIGER --THE ONLY OPERATING URANIUM MINES THE COUNTRY. FRANCE AND NIGER JOINTLY OWN THE MINES; JAPAN AND SPAIN HAVE MINORITY INTEREST ONE THEM. FRANCE UNEQUIVOCALLY CONTROLS THE OVERALL OPERATION; THERE ARE FRENCH MANAGERS AND ENGINEERS EVERY POINT IN.THE MINING, MILLING, AND TRANSPORTATION PROCESS. 
CORRUPT  FORMER  PRESIDENT  MAY  HAVE  NEGOTIATED  
..:JAT  THAT  TIME  NIGER  WAS  RULED  /  
PRESIDENT  BARE  MAINASSARA,  UNSOPHISTICATED  AND  VENAL  
INDIVIDUAL  WHO  WOULD  NOT  HAVE  BEEN  ABOVE  TRYING  SELL  
URANIUM  ROGUE  STATE.  BUT  BARE'S  PRESIDENTIAL  GUARD  

.1999.KILLED HIM APRIL THE JUNTA THAT GOVERNED FOR THE NEXT NINE MONTHS RELINQUISHED POWER FREELY ELECTED GOVERNMENT DECEMBER 1999. 
TANDJA NOT LIKELY RISK AID FOR SHORT-TERM 
REPORT FURTHER STATES THAT NIGER AND IRAQ SIGNED THE SALES AGREEMENT JULY 2000, WITH FULL SUPPORT FROM TANDJA (AND FOLLOWING INTERNAL LEGAL REVIEW) VIEW TANDJA'S 

RELUCTANCE ANYTHING THAT MIGHT ENDANGER HIS RELATIONS WITH WESTERN AID DONORS, IMPROBABLE ANY SUCH AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE. NIGER DEPENDENT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE --NOT ONLY FOR DEVELOPMENT 
ID, BUT ALSO FOR FINANCING MUCH THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS THE GOVERNMENT. PAYOFF FROM IRAQ $50 MILLION EVEN $100 MILLION WOULD NOT MAKE FOR WHAT WOULD LOST THE.DONOR COMMUNITY TURNED OFF THE TAPS 
NIGER. 

36. 
DIFFICULTY MOVING SECRETLY 500 TONS 
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URANIUM. THOUGH THE ALLEGED AGREEMENT WITH IRAQ NOT 
SPECIFIC, APPARENTLY CALLS FOR THE 500 TONS DELIVERED ONE YEAR. THIS WOULD MEAN
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THAT -"12s HARD-TO-CONCEAL 10-TON TRACTORTRAILERS WOULD USED ,., TRANSPORT THE OFF-THE-BOOKS URANIUM BECAUSE NIGER LANDLOCKED THE CONVOY WOULD HAVE CROSS LEAST ONE INTERNATIONAL BORDER AND TRAVEL LEAST 000 MILES REACH THE SEA. MOVING SUCH QUANTITY SECRETLY OVER SUCH DISTANCE WOULD VERY DIFFICULT, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE THE FRENCH WOULD INDISPOSED APPROVE CLOAK THIS ARRANGEMENT. POWELL 
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