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May 4, 2011
Pure Nickel Announces Granting of Stock Options

TORONTO: May 4, 2011. Pure Nickel Inc. (TSX: NIC, OTCBB: PNCKF) today announced that its Board of Directors has granted an aggregate of 1,880,000 stock options to certain management, directors, consultants and employees. The options have an exercise price of $0.165, a term of three years and are subject to the terms and conditions of the company's Stock Option Plan. Of these options 1,305,000 vest immediately and the remaining vest equally on the first and second anniversary date of the grant.

About Pure Nickel Inc.

Pure Nickel is a mineral exploration company with a diverse collection of mineral exploration projects in North America.

Some of the statements contained herein may be forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results, expectations, plans, and objectives of Pure Nickel are forward-looking statements that involve various risks. The following are important factors that could cause Pure Nickel's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements: changes in the world wide price of mineral commodities, general market conditions, risks inherent in mineral exploration, risks associated with development, construction and mining operations, the uncertainty of future exploration activities and cash flows, and the uncertainty of access to additional capital. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events may differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Pure Nickel undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

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

For further information:

The Howard Group Investor Relations
Jeff Walker
T. 1-888-221-0915

CHF Investor Relations
Cathy Hume
Senior Account Manager
T. (416) 868-1079

Pure Nickel Inc.
David McPherson
President and CEO
T. (416) 644-0066

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