February 1, 2006
Iran's 'Manhattan Project' Moving Forward With Military LinkTopics: Iran
The IAEA says it has evidence that suggests links between Iran's supposed "peaceful nuclear program" and its military work on high explosives and missiles, in a report that refers to a secretive Iranian entity called the Green Salt Project, which focused on uranium processing, high explosives and a missile warhead design. The combination suggests a "military-nuclear dimension", the report said, that if true would undercut Iran's claims that its nuclear program is solely aimed at producing electrical power.
The Green Salt Project derives its name from uranium tetrafluoride, known as Green Salt, which is an intermediate product in the conversion of uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride- a toxic gas that can undergo enrichment or purification into fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs.
However, all of this certainly can't be a surprise to anyone since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad placed the military firmly in control of his nation's nuclear program back in October 2005, which was in turn widely reported. At the time, it was also reported that the military was put in control of Iran's nuclear program in order to "eliminate all bureaucratic and political obstacles to obtaining nuclear weapons."
Posted by Richard at February 1, 2006 4:00 PM
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