SOURCE: Oriental Minerals Inc.

July 09, 2008 08:30 ET

Oriental Granted Additional Uranium Exploration Licenses in South Korea

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - Oriental Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: OTL) is pleased to announce the grant of three uranium exploration and mining licenses known as Daejeon 80 (Reg. No. 77073), Geumsan 81 (Reg. No. 77072) and Goisan 116 (Reg. No. 77074) in the Ogcheon region of South Korea.

These are the second set of uranium licenses granted to a foreign company in South Korea. The first licenses granted to a foreign company to explore for uranium in South Korea were announced by OTL in January (see OTL News Releases of January 14 and May 28, 2008).

Commenting on the grant, Mr. Ian Fodie, the newly appointed President and CEO of OTL, said, "This additional grant of uranium licenses represents progress by our energy exploration team, furthering our efforts to establish a viable uranium asset base for exploration and potential development in South Korea."

The initial two licenses announced in January plus the three today are part of a series currently under application based upon OTL's exploration program covering an approximate 90-kilometre strike length of carbonaceous metasediments identified as containing prospective coincident uranium and vanadium.

Two of the three new granted tenements (Daejeon 80 and Geumsan 81) occur along strike to the south-west of the two tenements granted in January of this year (Daejeon 39 and 29), and represent increased coverage by OTL of probably the most potentially economic uraniferous section of the southern end of the Ogcheon Belt. The third new granted tenement (Goisan 116) is located within a second potentially productive uraniferous zone at the northeastern end of the Ogcheon Belt. Each mining license title is approximately 1.88 x 1.50 kilometres, or 2.82 km2.

An initial exploration program of geological mapping and radiometric ground surveys will be followed by diamond drilling (part of the 6000 metres announced in OTL's news release of January 14, 2008) to define the potential for significant uranium resources within these registered mining rights. A map of the area can be found on the Oriental web site at: http://www.orientalminerals.com/s/Ogchon.asp?ReportID=180026.

The target carbonaceous metasedimentary horizons are regarded as analogues of the Chattanooga (USA) and Alum (Sweden) shales, but typically with relatively higher anomalous uranium (often in excess of 0.02% U) and vanadium (often in excess of 0.3% V). The carbonaceous metasediments form part of the late Precambrian to early Palaeozoic Guryongsan Formation and extend for approximately 90 kilometres within the NE-SW trending Ogcheon structural lower greenschist facies zone.

Oriental Minerals is focused on developing world-class mining projects in South Korea. Its flagship Sangdong tungsten-molydenum project is undergoing a Preliminary Economic Assessment as a further step to revitalizing what was formerly one of the largest tungsten mines in the world.

The Ogcheon project is under the fulltime management and supervision of Mr. Chris Tedman-Jones, MSc, DipCoalGeol, FGAA, MSIA of Australia who ensures that the work complies with industry best practices standards. This news release has been reviewed and approved by Oriental Minerals' independent QP Al Workman, P.Geo. and Vice-President of Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Ian Fodie
President and Chief Executive Officer
(604) 681-5755

Statements in this news release, other than purely historical information, including statements relating to the Company's future plans and objectives or expected results, constitute Forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on numerous assumptions and are subject to all the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business, including risks related to mineral exploration and development. Consequently, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

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