MEMO TO DR. WIESNER FROM DAVID E. BELL RE STATUS OF SOVIET URANIUM ORE PRODUCT

Created: 2/4/1961

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STATUS Or SOVIET inujriUM OitE PiDOUCTION AND PROgjg_jffiHT

Intelligence clearly indicates that the Soviet Union hasarge uranium ore production oase within tlie Bloc. In addition to widespread production in tha USSR, major quantities of ors are procured from nearly all of the European satellites. Hie Soviet Union Is currently producingDOO tons of recoverable uranium metal per year, with ovar one-half coming from the European satellites and almost one-third costing from Ease Germany alone.

Estimated Soviet ore production is siasDsrizedne attacoed sheet. Weigh degree cf rellaoillcy to this estimate.

Ve believe tost thia quantity of ore is significantly Greater Chan that required to support the Soviet fissionable material produccion programay-to-day basis, and estimate that they haveignificant stockpile which is equivalent to their future needs for seversl years.

CooBunlst China Isizable native uranium ore production effort and probably will have no requirement for foreign procurement.

We do not foresee any strong technical or economic reactivation -for the .Soviets to procure uraniutD ore outside the Soviet Bloc. However, for political reasons, they could in time offer to procure small quantities from less developed countries such as Argentina, Peru, Mexico or Afganistan. It should be noted that If the U. S. discontinues foreign uranium orehis will facilitate the accessability of this ore co potential "Nth" countries; but such U. S. procurement is not in itself an effective denial measure.

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