Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Great news: Iran has another underground nuclear facility
Maybe this will put a monkey wrench into John FN Kerry's plans. Iranian opposition groups are alleging that the Iranian mullahcracy has yet another undisclosed, underground nuclear facility.
The National Council of Resistance of Iranexposed Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy-water facility at Arak in 2002. But analysts say the NCRI has a mixed track record and a clear agenda of regime change in Tehran.
The Paris-based NCRI said members of its affiliated People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI) inside the country had obtained reliable information on a new and covert site designated for Iran's nuclear project. But it had no details of what kind of nuclear activity was being carried out there.
"According to specific information obtained by the Iranian resistance, the clerical regime is establishing or completing parallel secret and undeclared sites for its nuclear project," NCRI official Mehdi Abrichamtchi told reporters.
Accusations the NCRI made in July and Octoberabout secret nuclear sites drew a wary international response, while the United States expressed skepticism about another claim in 2010.
The NCRI said the new site was inside a 600-metre tunnel complex beneath mountains 10 km (6 miles) from the town of Mobarekeh, adjacent to the Isfahan-Shiraz highway, within the existing Haft-e Tir military industrial complex.
Abrichamtchi said work on the site began in 2005 and the construction of tunnels ended in early 2009. Work on the facilities was recently completed, he said.
Abrichamtchi said Iran's Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research handled Iran's sensitive nuclear activity and also managed the new facility. The site had extra security compared to the rest of the military complex, he said.
You will recall that in 2009, President Obama tried to cover up the existence of the Fordow underground facility near the 'holy city' of Qom until the British and the French forced him to disclose it.