Photo Release -- Pure Nickel Reports Operating Highlights and Results for the Second Quarter Ended May 31, 2013

Photo Release -- Pure Nickel Reports Operating Highlights and Results for the
Second Quarter Ended May 31, 2013

TORONTO, June 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pure Nickel Inc. (TSX:NIC) (the
"Company") today released its operating highlights and financial results for
the three- and six-month periods ended May 31, 2013. (All dollar amounts
herein are expressed in Canadian funds, unless otherwise indicated.)

MAN Property, Eureka Zone

Second quarter operating highlights

MAN Property, Alaska

The Company announced that it has commenced exploration on the MAN property.
Activity in 2013 will consist primarily of a 2,200 metre drill program
utilizing one helicopter supported drill rig. The work program will focus on a
zone of Nickel (Ni) - Copper (Cu) - Platinum Group Element (PGE)
mineralization, informally termed the Eureka zone, identified in the Alpha
mafic - ultramafic complex in 2012. The Alpha complex is one of five discrete
mafic –ultramafic complexes located on the 47,000 hectare MAN property in
south-central Alaska.

The Eureka zone consists of a broad interval of disseminated sulphide
mineralization that straddles the contact between gabbroic and ultramafic
rocks in the northern half of the Alpha complex. The zone was encountered in
several 2010 drill holes, and 2012 drill hole PNI-12-063 confirmed the
continuity of the mineralization. A review of historic drilling on the
property has shown that all drill holes that intersected the correct
stratigraphic interval encountered similar disseminated sulphide
mineralization. The fact that all holes positioned at the correct
stratigraphic level intersected the same style of mineralization suggests that
the Eureka zone may be a continuous feature along most, if not all, of the
strike length of the Alpha complex. To date, drilling has intersected the zone
in widely spaced holes along a strike length of seven kilometres in the
central part of the complex. No historic drill holes were positioned in the
correct stratigraphy across the remaining portions of the complex, and the
zone is thus open to the east and west. The map below outlines the Eureka Zone
as currently known, and shows the approximate locations of drill holes planned
for 2013.

A photo accompanying this release is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=19526

The MAN Nickel Ni-Cu-PGE Alaska property is located at the junction of the
Denali and Richardson highways in south-central Alaska, approximately 250
kilometers southeast of Fairbanks. The property consists of both state and
federal claims, with a total area of approximately 47,000 hectares. Five
discrete mafic-ultramafic intrusive complexes occur on the property, the
largest of which, the Alpha complex, is approximately 33 kilometers in length
and three kilometers wide.

The MAN property is being explored under a joint venture agreement with ITOCHU
Corporation. ITOCHU has earned a 30% ownership interest, and by the end of
this exploration season will have funded approximately US$24.5 million of work
since 2008. ITOCHU may earn a 75% interest by incurring US$40 million of
exploration expenditures on the property. Jon Findlay, Ph.D, P.Geo. is the
designated Qualified Person for this project.

Salt Chuck Property, Alaska

In 2012 the Company announced a new gold discovery on its Salt Chuck property.
The 2012 drilling program was designed to test coincident multi-element Gold
(Au)-Copper (Cu)-Palladium (Pd) soil geochemical and Induced Polarization (IP)
geophysical anomalies in the western part of the property, an area known
locally as North Pole Hill. High grade gold mineralization was encountered in
a previously unidentified gold bearing structure in hole NPH-12-04, which
returned an intersection of 29.1 g/t Au, 14.1 g/t Ag (silver), and 0.79% Cu
over 2.58 m apparent width, including 127.8 g/t Au, 57.6 g/t Ag and 2.78% Cu
over 0.35 metres apparent width (see press release dated December 11. 2012).
In addition, broad zones of anomalous Pd concentrations were encountered in
the western most drill holes. These Pd intersections appear to reflect primary
magmatic mineralization, and raise the possibility that remobilized Pd
mineralization, such as seen at the Salt Chuck mine may be associated with
other structures not yet encountered in the North Pole Hill area.

The Company recently submitted permitting applications to the appropriate
government agencies for a 2013 drilling program. The planned program will
include delineation drilling in the vicinity of the 2012 discovery hole, as
well as reconnaissance drilling in areas of anomalous gold concentrations in
soil samples to the east and south of the discovery hole at North Pole Hill.

The Salt Chuck property is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeastern
Alaska. The property consists of 146 contiguous federal lode mining claims,
and hosts the past producing Salt Chuck mine. The Salt Chuck mine produced
approximately 300,000 tons of ore, reported by US government summaries (1948)
to have had an average grade of 0.95 % Copper, 1.96 g/t Palladium, 1.12 g/t
Gold and 5.29 g/t Silver. Jon Findlay, Ph.D, P.Geo. is the designated
Qualified Person for this project.

Tower Property, Manitoba

The Tower property is contiguous with Pure Nickel's William Lake claims in the
Thompson Nickel Belt, and is currently under option to Rockcliff Resources
Inc.

During the quarter Rockcliff announced results from a five drill hole program
on the Tower property including a Deep Penetrating Electro Magnetic (DPEM)
geophysical survey on the on T-2 Copper Zone. The drilling intersected high
grade copper mineralization at the T-1 Copper Deposit (see press release dated
March 19, 2013). As previous reported, in early 2013 Rockcliff Resources filed
an NI 43-101 compliant independent mineral resource estimate on the Tower
Property, central Manitoba. The report, entitled Independent Technical Report,
Tower Property, Grand Rapids, Manitoba, and dated January 20, 2013 can be
found on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) with other Rockcliff Resource's filings.

In April, 2012, Rockcliff Resources exercised its option to earn a 50%
interest in the property by making the required expenditures of $2.0 million
on exploration and making $90,000 in option payments to Pure Nickel over the
past two years. Rockcliff can earn an additional 20% interest in the property
by spending a further $2.0 million in exploration and making payments to the
Company totaling $60,000 over the next two years.

Nuvilik Property, Quebec

The Nuvilik property is located in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec,
close to the Raglan Mine. The property was acquired as part of the Xstrata
property purchase in 2007.

The Company continues to evaluate the properties in its portfolio and makes
divestiture decisions based on the carrying costs of the claims and the
likelihood of directing resources towards exploration on the property. During
the quarter, the Company decided not to renew some of the Nuvilik claims. Of
the 203 claims that comprised the property, 16 were renewed while the
remainder were allowed to lapse.

Corporate Update

The Company announces that Jennifer Scoffield has been appointed Chief
Financial Officer effective immediately. Ms. Scoffield is a Chartered
Accountant with extensive experience in audit, financial statement preparation
and public offerings on Canadian stock exchanges. She has been involved at the
senior management level in several industries, including high tech and
consumer products, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queens
University. Ms. Scoffield has been with Pure Nickel as Controller since 2008.

On May 7, 2013 the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) issued a bulletin initiating a
review of Pure Nickel with respect to continued listing criteria. Due to the
low share price of the stock, the Company's market capital was below $3.0
million for 30 consecutive trading days, which triggered the delisting review.
The Company has 120 days to comply with the requirements for continued
listing, specifically that the price of Pure Nickel's shares be maintained at
or above $0.045 for 30 consecutive trading days. The Company anticipates that
it will meet the TSX criteria.

Results for the three and six month periods ended May 31, 2013

Pure Nickel reported that at May 31, 2013 it had net working capital of $2.5
million and that its net loss was in line with expectations: $0.466 million
($0.01 per share) for the three months ended May 31, 2013 compared to a net
loss of $0.485 million ($0.01 per share) for the three months ended May 31,
2012. The net loss for the six month period ended May 31, 2013 was $0.795
million ($0.01 per share) compared to a loss of $0.967 million ($0.01 per
share) for the six months ended May 31, 2012. For further information please
refer to Pure Nickel's unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial
statements and the accompanying management's discussion and analysis on the
Company's website at www.purenickel.com, or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

About Pure Nickel Inc.

Pure Nickel is a TSX listed mineral exploration company with a premium
collection of properties in North America. The Company is currently active on
its two Alaskan properties, MAN and Salt Chuck, as well as on the William Lake
nickel project in Manitoba. In 2012 the Company completed an initial drilling
program at Salt Chuck that resulted in a new high grade gold discovery (see
press release dated December 11, 2012). A follow-up drill program to test the
extents of the gold mineralization at Salt Chuck is planned for 2013. In
addition, the Company completed an initial resampling of historic core at its
William Lake Nickel project which resulted in the identification of
significant concentrations of PGE in the nickel sulphide mineralization.
Further resampling is planned for 2013 at William Lake. The Company continues
to actively pursue other, non-nickel properties in North America and overseas.
With $1.5 million cash on hand and working capital of $2.5 million, Pure
Nickel is in a favourable financial position to continue these activities.

Forward Looking Statements

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.

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CONTACT: CHF Investor Relations
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