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January 22, 2006

Iran Is Secretly Extending Nuclear Plant

Topics: Iran

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[Image - The Natanz site in 2003 and 2006: Click to enlarge]

Satellite imagery has revealed that Iran has secretly extended the uranium enrichment plant at the center of the international controversy over its resumption of banned nuclear research earlier this month. Seven buildings have been erected around the concealed centrifuges which Western governments believe will be used to manufacture weapons-grade uranium at the Natanz site, just 200 miles south of Teheran.

(...) Seven buildings have been erected around the concealed centrifuges which Western governments fear will be used to manufacture weapons-grade uranium at the Natanz site, 200 miles south of Teheran.

(...) The discovery has heightened fears that Iran is stepping up the pace of its suspected weapons programme, in breach of international agreements, since it removed International Atomic Energy Authority seals on nuclear equipment at the site 10 days ago.

(...) Western intelligence agencies are focusing on alarming similarities in satellite imagery of Iran's nuclear sites, which the regime claims are for civilian purposes, and atomic facilities in Pakistan used to make the raw materials for nuclear weapons, as they try to identify the purpose of the Natanz construction spree.

(...) The Sunday Telegraph has seen recent United States intelligence analysis of satellite photographs of nuclear sites in Iran and Pakistan that strengthens fears that the Islamic regime is secretly developing atomic weapons under the guise of a supposedly peaceful power programme. "Iran's facilities are scaled exactly like another state's facilities that were designed to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons," the US report concluded, using the phrase "another state" to refer to Pakistan for diplomatic reasons.

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For a truly eye-opening perspective, read this 2003 article about Natanz and Iran's nuclear history at that time (also here - 2002), and then compare it to what you are reading today. So, why has the world watched and waited and talked and talked, while Iran cheated, lied, and built it's nuclear program?

Posted by Richard at January 22, 2006 10:13 PM



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