French newspaper Le Monde reports that the military junta currently governing Niger is in negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran for the supply of 300 tons of "yellowcake" - uranium oxide, used as a raw material for nuclear weapons production.

Africa Intelligence first reported the negotiations between Niger and Iran for the supply of nuclear raw materials about a month and a half ago. Le Monde received confirmation from both Western and Nigerian sources.

Uranium deposits in the vicinity of the city of Arlit in Niger have been developed by the French state-owned company Orano. From these deposits, France acquires the uranium essential for both nuclear weapons and nuclear energy production.

In the summer of 2023, Niger experienced a military coup. The military junta that seized power has pursued a policy of cooperation with Russia and has sought to sever ties with France, its former colonial ruler.