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Activity spotted at alleged Iran nuke site

Diplomatic sources say satellite surveillance indicates Tehran ups attempts to hide evidence of nuclear research

Diplomatic officials in Vienna said Monday that satellite surveillance footage has shown a recent increase in activity at an Iranian site suspected of secret work on nuclear weapons.


According to AP, it appears Iran is trying to cover its tracks by removing any evidence of nuclear research and development.


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Officials from two other countries confirm increased activity but say they do not have reasons to believe it is linked to such efforts.  


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Satellite footage of Parchin


The West currently knows about the following nuclear program facilities in Iran:

  • Natanz – a uranium enrichment facility
  • Qom – a uranium enrichment facility
  • Isfahan – a uranium conversion Facility
  • Arak – a heavy water production plant
  • Bushehr – a civilian nuclear power plant
  • Tehran – an experimental nuclear reactor
  • Parchin – a military base for nuclear research and development
  • Various uranium mines in central and southern Iran


The surveillance footage suggests that one of the structures at the military site at Parchin seems to be housing a large metal chamber – which the International Atomic Energy Agency report described as being used for nuclear-related explosives testing.


A senior diplomat said Monday the agency is closely monitoring all suspect sites mentioned in the agency's report. All the officials asked for anonymity because their information is confidential.




פרסום ראשון: 11.21.11, 13:07
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