yellowcake

noun
yel·​low·​cake | \ˈye-lō-ˌkāk, ˈye-lə-\

Definition of yellowcake 

: partially refined uranium ore that is often used as an intermediate step in the production of nuclear weapons

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Since the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran has purchased yellowcake from Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as mined its own domestically. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 Since the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran has purchased yellowcake from Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as mined its own domestically. The Christian Science Monitor, "Iranian nuclear enrichment signals resistance to US sanctions," 28 June 2018 Since the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran has purchased yellowcake from Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as mined its own domestically. Fox News, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 From that small test, the team was able to recover around five grams (about the weight of a nickel) of yellowcake. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Attention knitters: Researchers harvest uranium from the sea with a yarn “net”," 18 June 2018 Uranium milled from ore is called yellowcake, technically known as uranium oxide (U3O8). Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Attention knitters: Researchers harvest uranium from the sea with a yarn “net”," 18 June 2018 Haley’s claim that Iran is violating U.N. resolutions via its Yemeni proxy is a good deal more credible than Powell’s yarn about Saddam Hussein buying yellowcake uranium from Niger. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Are We Going to War With Iran?," 16 Dec. 2017 Moreover, no uranium produced at U.S. mines may be exported, except for some uranium yellowcake which is extracted and processed in Canada before being returned to the United States for use in nuclear power plants. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "The ‘dossier’ and the uranium deal: A guide to the latest allegations," 29 Oct. 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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