International Kirkland Minerals Inc.

International Kirkland Minerals Inc.

April 17, 2007 22:42 ET

International Kirkland Announces Start-Up of Drilling at Rupert Uranium Property, Northern Quebec

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - International Kirkland Minerals Inc. (IKI / the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:IKI) is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced on the Company's 588 km2 Rupert River Uranium Property located in the James Bay Mining District, in northern Quebec.

The current proposed drill program will consist of up to 200 steeply dipping diamond drill holes of about 60 m in core length per hole. The initial 100 drill holes will be primarily drilled in the Lacroix Lake area (claim block 32O12A) about 8 km SE of Hydro-Quebec's Albanel Station, all within 2 km of the "Highway du Nord", which provides road access to the town of Chibougamau 250 km to the SE (To view a map of the site, please visit the following link:

The drilling will cover the main portion of the Lacroix Lake Uranium Anomaly which is estimated to be 3,000 by 1,500 meters, within a 10 km wide anomalous uranium corridor. The drill holes will be initially drilled on 150 m line and drill hole spacings. The program is expected to take about 2 months to complete and may be amended based on assay results and scintillometer readings received throughout the program. The first two 60m holes at Lacroix Lake spaced 150m apart have intersected pegmatites and biotite alteration. Drill core will be sent for scintillometer readings and assaying to an independent accredited laboratory commencing this week and throughout the next 60 day drill program as core is delivered from time to time from the property to the laboratory.

About the Rupert River Uranium Property

The Rupert River Uranium Property is underlain by major NE-SW trending gneisses, granitoids and pegmatites, historically known for their anomalous radioactive content, and numerous circular and near vertical planar structural features. The Property was part of a previous 106,200 km2 regional geochemical survey completed in the late 1970's, where 18,450 lake-bottom sediment samples were taken for analytical work (MRNQ files from 1976 to 1980).

Highlights from the historical and current work include the discovery of the " Zita " occurrence in 1979 (MRNQ files 1979, 1980) at Lacroix Lake (claim block 32O/12A), where one lake-bottom sediment sample returned 88 lbs U3O8 per tonne. Soil sampling uncovered a 10 kilometer SPP2 scintillometer readings ranging from 750 to 10,000 cps (Berube and Lafleur, 2006), overprinting geochemical anomalies (from lake-bottom, soil and bedrock samples) and airborne radiometric signatures from the recently completed airborne geophysical survey. Historical sampling of surrounding radioactive metric wide pegmatites, and centimetric hematized, uraninite bearing, and brecciated NE and NW trending fractures gave 4.4 to 6.6 lbs U3O8 per tonne.

The Property contains the potential of vein-type and disseminated-type uranium mineralization linked to pegmatites and NE and NW fractures. The known uranium occurrences are generally associated with magnetic and radiometric highs, hematized and brecciated fault zones and geochemical signatures (uranium, copper, zinc, nickel, molybdenum and cobalt) that could potentially lead to large scale and near surface uranium mineralization. The Company plans to use a Rossing-type exploration approach. Rossing is a disseminated low grade uranium deposit of at least 300 million tonnes in pegmatites within a 1 by 2.5 kilometer orebody grading between 0.33 and 0.77 lbs U3O8 per tonne (Rossing website at

The information in this news release has been prepared by Mr. Jean Lafleur, P. Geo., the Company's principal mineral exploration consultant in Quebec, and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of IKI. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the appropriate securities commissions.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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