Anaconda Mining to Acquire Interests in Major Iron Exploration Portfolios in
Chile's Iron Ore Belt

TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Anaconda Mining Inc. ("Anaconda") (TSX: ANX), is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement ("the Agreement") to acquire interests in two significant iron exploration portfolios from a private Chilean company, Inversiones SBX Limitada ("SBX"). The exploration properties are located in north central Chile, within the Chile-Peru iron ore belt.

Under the terms of the Agreement, Anaconda will acquire the following interests:

    1.  A 50% interest in iron exploration concessions located in the
        immediate area of Anaconda's San Gabriel Iron Project ("San Gabriel")
        located near the coastal deep-water port of Chanaral. The acquired
        exploration concessions include the Vetarron magnetite deposit and
        the Antonio property concessions, totaling 4,300 hectares.

        In return for the acquisition of the Vetarron and Antonio
        concessions, SBX will acquire from Anaconda a 50% interest in
        Anaconda's San Gabriel property. SBX will fund the remaining US$2.2
        million in payments related to the San Gabriel option. The combined
        San Gabriel area assets will be held by a new company, Minera Hierro
        San Gabriel S.A., which will be owned on a 50:50 basis by Anaconda
        and SBX.

    2.  A 20% interest in Inversiones Hierro Antofagasta S.A. ("IHA"), a
        private Chilean company which owns an 82.5% interest in Minera Hierro
        Antofagasta S.A. ("MHA"). MHA is a private Chilean company that holds
        the rights to four main project areas encompassing over 30,000
        hectares of exploration concession, 35 to 60 kilometers east of the
        port city of Taltal.

        Compania Minera Del Pacifico S.A. ("CMP"), a 75%-owned subsidiary of
        CAP S.A. (Chile's largest integrated iron miner and steel producer),
        presently has a 17.5% ownership stake in MHA and CMP may increase its
        interest in MHA to 37.5% by making staged exploration and property
        payments totaling US$15.0 million over the next 30 months.

Lew Lawrick, President and CEO of Anaconda states, "With this strategic transaction, we have established a strong local partner in SBX to assist in advancing San Gabriel to the development phase. Anaconda will immediately benefit from SBX's exploration expertise, their commitment to fund the remaining option costs, and the contribution of the additional property concessions in the vicinity of the San Gabriel deposit which have the potential to add to the total iron resource. Further, our investment in IHA gives Anaconda's shareholders the opportunity to participate in what has the potential to become a 'world class' iron district. This opportunity is readily enhanced by CMP's participation and significant funding commitment."

    Minera Hierro San Gabriel

Minera Hierro San Gabriel S.A. ("MHSG") is the Chilean company, owned 50:50 by Anaconda and SBX, formed to hold the San Gabriel and Vetarron deposits, the Antonio concessions, and other exploration concessions in the San Gabriel area.

The initial NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate (as per an Anaconda Press Release dated August 14, 2008) for the San Gabriel Project totals 57.9 million tones ("Mt") at an average grade of 32 percent total iron ("% Fe") in the indicated category, and a further 2.6 Mt at an average grade of 29% Fe in the inferred category. The mineral resource is contained within three zones, namely the San Gabriel (Main), Esperanza and Antonia zones and uses a cutoff grade of 20% Fe (Table 1). See below for additional information related to this mineral resource estimate.

           Table 1. San Gabriel Initial Mineral Resource Estimate 1

                                         Tonnage     Iron Grade
    Zone                  Category        (Mt)        (% Fe)
    San Gabriel (Main)   Indicated       53.6            31
    Esperanza            Indicated        4.3            41
    Total Indicated                      57.9            32
    Antonia               Inferred        2.6            29
    Total Inferred                        2.6            29
      1 using a cutoff of 20% iron

The Antonio concession encompasses two significant magnetic anomalies, with geophysical signatures similar to that of the main San Gabriel deposit. At a magnetic susceptibility of 0.7 (SI), the first anomaly measures approximately 800 by 280 meters extending to a depth of 300 meters and is located three kilometers south of the San Gabriel deposit. At similar magnetic susceptibilities, the second anomaly measures approximately 600 by 100 meters extending to a depth of 150 meters and is located approximately six kilometers SSE of the San Gabriel deposit.

The Vetarron deposit, located five kilometers south of the San Gabriel deposit, is a near surface magnetite deposit representing approximately 16 Mt and grading 22% Fe. (As estimated in an SBX 2008 internal report. This is not a NI-43-101 compliant resource and as such should not be relied on as such; however Anaconda believes the estimate to be relevant.) Vetarron North, a 500 meter long strong magnetic anomaly with outcropping magnetite-rich structures may represent the undrilled northern extension of the Vetarron deposit.

Metallurgical testwork on Vetarron magnetite mineralization suggests that simple dry magnetic separation can be used to produce an iron concentrate (SBX internal report 2008).

    Inversiones Hierro Antofagasta S.A.

IHA is a private Chilean company which owns an 82.5% interest in MHA. MHA has the rights to four main magnetite project areas located in Region II, Chile, approximately 50 kilometers north of the MHSG concession(s). The main project areas, which cover 30,000 hectares, are Octavia, San Mateo, Antenas and Germania. Over 4,000 meters of detailed ground magnetic surveys have defined significant anomalies on each of the project areas. The dimensions of the significant magnetic anomalies, at a magnetic susceptibility of 0.7 (SI), are summarized in Table 2 below:

    Table 2 - Dimensions of Magnetic Anomalies 1
                    Length       Width     Thickness
      Project      (meters)    (meters)     (meters)       Dip
    Octavia East     1,250         200           300    vertical
    Octavia West     1,200         200           300    vertical
    San Mateo        1,300         250           300     shallow
    Atenas South     1,500         150           300     shallow
    Atenas Central     600         150           300     shallow
    Germania South   1,000         300           400       flat
    Germania Central   800         300           400       flat
      1  dimensions of anomalies outlined at a magnetic susceptibility
         of +0.7 (SI)

With the recent completion of gravity surveys confirming the location and approximate dimension of the magnetic anomalies, a drilling program will commence shortly. SBX is the operator of the project.

    Qualified Person

John Cook, P.Eng, a Qualified Person within the definition of National Instrument 43-101 "NI 43-101" of the Canadian Securities Administrators, is responsible for reviewing and approving the contents of this news release.

    About CAP S.A.

CAP S.A ("CAP") is the largest producer of iron ore and pellets on the Pacific coast of Latin America and leader in the steel and steel-processing markets in Chile. Mitsubishi Corporation owns a 19.3% stake in CAP and a direct 25% stake in CMP.

    About Inversiones SBX Limitada

SBX is a private company headquartered in Santiago, Chile with a focus on the exploration and development of base and precious metals, and water resources in South America, and principally Chile.

    About Anaconda

Anaconda is a Toronto, Canada based mining and Exploration company focused on advancing its principal assets, the Pine Cove gold mine in Canada and the San Gabriel Iron Project in Chile. Anaconda is committed to bringing Pine Cove into full Commercial Production, as well as developing near-term production opportunities for San Gabriel. Anaconda is currently looking at strategies to 'un-lock' shareholder value attributable to its Chilean iron portfolio for the benefit of its shareholders.

Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements". These forward- looking statements are based on current expectations. Additionally, forward-looking statements look into the future and provide an opinion as to the effect of certain events and trends on the business. Forward-looking statements may include words such as "plans," "may," "estimates," "expects," "indicates," "targeting," "potential" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Anaconda's beliefs in the potential mineralization, are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties. Actual results may materially differ from expectations as more information regarding the property is gathered or if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect Anaconda's business, or if Anaconda's estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Anaconda assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

SOURCE Anaconda Mining Inc.

For further information: For further information: Lew Lawrick, President and CEO, Anaconda Mining Inc., (647) 478-5307, Email:; or Greg DiTomaso, Investor Relations, Anaconda Mining Inc., (647) 436-2592, Email:; Or visit Anaconda's website at:

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