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Catalyst Copper Reports Drill Results from La Verde Project, Mexico

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Catalyst Copper Reports Drill Results from La Verde Project, Mexico14:15 EDT Thursday, June 14, 2012Intercepts from seven holes include 1.25% Cu over 17.8m, 2.02% Cu over 10m and 1.19% Cu over 49m Trading Symbol: CCYVANCOUVER, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Catalyst Copper Corp. ("Catalyst" or "the Company") today released the results of the final seven holes (6,771 meters) of its 2012 diamond drill program at the La Verde copper porphyry project in Michoacán state, Mexico.The 2012 drill program was focused on expanding the known mineralization associated with the two potential open pit copper deposits, East Hill and West Hill. Results from the latest drill holes are shown in Table 1 below. Highlights include:LV12-043 with 0.69% Cu, 0.006 g/t Au, 2.2 g/t Ag over 27.0 meters;LV12-044 with 0.53% Cu, 0.014 g/t Au, 6.6 g/t Ag over 89.5 meters;LV12-045 with 1.25% Cu, 0.019 g/t Au, 4.6 g/t Ag over 17.8 meters; plus 1.68% Cu, 0.007 g/t Au, 4.0 g/t Ag over 26.0 meters; plus 2.04% Cu, 0.010 g/t Au, 6.4 g/t Ag over 14.3 meters;LV12-046 with 1.19% Cu, 0.039 g/t Au, 10.4 g/t Ag over 49.1 meters; and,LV12-048 with 2.02% Cu, 0.003 g/t Au, 2.5 g/t Ag over 10.1 meters.The Company has now drilled a total of 34,968 metres under its option agreement with Teck Resources Limited's Mexican subsidiary, taking the total drilling on the property (including historic drilling) to 108,800 meters in 649 drill holes.A Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) is currently being prepared by AMC Mining Consultants Limited, and is expected to be published later this month. None of the 2012 drilling program results have been used in the PEA.Catalyst has requested Tetra Tech, Inc. to submit a proposal to update its NI 43-101-compliant Technical Report and Resource Estimate of La Verde dated January 19, 2012 and to incorporate all work conducted by the Company under the Option agreement with Teck. Catalyst is targeting to have the updated report; including a revised resource calculation, available in the third quarter of 2012. A summary of the current NI 43-101 compliant resource is set out in Table 2.TABLE 1.   La Verde    2012 Assay Results Drill Hole FromToLengthCu%Au g/tAg g/tMo%Location          LV11-042 100.8243142.20.290.0072.90.016East Hill  359.2558198.80.380.0784.50.004  Incl.359.2373.314.10.660.4378.10.073           LV11-043 115.6119.84.21.010.04650.001East Hill  176203270.690.0062.20.001   211.2221.310.10.690.03620.001   336.5345.89.30.680.0213.10.005           LV11-044 197.1201.24.10.240.0182.20.002East Hill  23824680.30.01650.001   278.5283.34.80.250.02240.003   303.5307.540.230.0212.50.001   366.2369.73.50.390.052.80.001   400.5406.560.20.1420.002   432.8436.73.90.210.11320.002   48348740.560.0954.50.005   506.4510.440.650.5046.50.003   533.7575.441.70.560.0145.10.003   657746.589.50.530.0146.60.007           LV11-045 133.1150.917.81.250.0194.60.003West Hill  233255.922.90.970.0154.40.001   295.62993.40.270.00220.001   326.7352.7261.680.00740.001   381395.314.32.040.016.40.001   403.1410.57.40.390.00320.001           LV12-046 187.8227.139.30.230.0382.10.001East Hill  256.3259.63.30.220.04130.001   267.5274.97.40.220.0622.20.001   279.6283.640.290.0453.50.001   314.5319.75.20.210.0552.70.003   41441840.30.00380.001   445.4452.57.10.240.09230.002   466.34725.70.380.0944.10.002   493529360.590.11460.003   562.3611.449.11.190.03910.40.003   623.8630.16.30.280.0052.90.012   63564160.210.0462.70.01   605.2640.134.90.60.0021.20.001           LV12-047 81.786.34.60.290.00320.001West Hill  114.6123.48.80.260.0042.30.001   132.8140.98.10.870.0094.30.001   196.3205.390.630.0424.30.004   209.3213.340.250.00520.001   298330.732.70.390.0032.10.001   37838241.640.01450.001   413.4422.79.30.670.0182.30.001   433.4437.64.20.220.00220.001   452458.96.90.410.00220.001   493.6584.991.30.530.0032.20.001           LV12-048 98.6102.640.820.00220.001West Hill  115124.39.30.880.0022.40.002   146.4153.97.50.230.00220.001   179.3188.79.40.470.0042.30.001   208.52167.50.260.00220.001   22222640.650.00420.001   24425280.630.00520.001   261.6269.37.71.010.0062.40.001   27928340.20.00220.001   298.5308.610.12.020.0032.50.002   320.2324.240.290.00220.001   352.2356.240.270.00720.001   373.2377.13.92.150.0073.80.001   411.8428.116.30.470.00220.001   457465.48.40.30.00220.001 Table 2. La Verde    Measured, Indicated and InferredResources  (January, 2012) ClassCu% COGTonnesCu%Au g/tAg g/tCu lbs (Billions)Au (ozs)Ag ozs (Millions)         Ms+Ind>=0.100552,446,5000.310.0372.03.80651,40035.1 >=0.200354,077,0000.410.0432.33.17485,50026.0 >=0.300216,275,0000.510.0482.62.44333,20017.8         Inferred>=0.100345,639,6000.270.0381.62.05423,70017.8 >=0.200168,074,4000.410.0582.33.17311,40012.1 >=0.300   92,309,1000.550.0782.82.44230,6008.3Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves as there is insufficient studies to demonstrate economic viability.It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will be upgraded to an Indicated or Measured Resource as a result of continued exploration.The Mineral Resource is a global insitu total without constraints to an economic pit.T.W. Hodson, P.Geo. is the qualified person, as defined by National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed the technical disclosure contained herein and accepts responsibility for such disclosure.About La VerdeLa Verde is located in an area with excellent infrastructure. Power, rail and water all cross the property. Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico's third largest port on the Pacific coast is 180 km from the site. Significant upside potential remains for the two known zones of porphyry style copper, gold and molybdenum mineralization as the drilling program to date shows both deposits remain open to depth and along strike.La Verde property is subject to an option agreement with a Mexican subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited (Teck) whereby Catalyst's 100% Mexican subsidiary, Minera Hill 29, may earn a 60% interest in La Verde by making US$10,000,000 in exploration expenditures (including 30,000 meters of drilling and 200 kilometers of IP) by December 31, 2012. Upon Catalyst earning a 60% interest, Teck has the option to increase its interest to 60% by incurring aggregate expenditures equal to two times the amount spent by Catalyst. Should Teck fail to exercise its option to earn a 60% interest, Catalyst can acquire a 100% interest in La Verde by paying Teck US$20 million. The property is subject to an underlying 0.5% NSR.ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFCATALYST COPPER CORP."Terence W. Hodson, P.Geo." TERENCE HODSON, V.P. EXPLORATIONCertain information set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the control of the Company, including, but not limited to, risks associated with mineral exploration and mining activities, the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, dependence upon regulatory approvals, and the uncertainty of obtaining additional financing. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Quality Assurance: The Company employs a system of quality control for drill results which includes the use of blanks, certified reference materials (standards) and check assaying. Core is logged on site and split with a diamond saw. Samples are shipped to Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. for analysis. All elements with the exception of gold are analyzed by Aqua Regia digestion and ICP-ES analysis. Gold is analyzed by fire assay method.For further information: Corporate Communications Officer: Denby Greenslade (604) 638-5900.