More Secret Iranian Nuclear Sites?
The International Atomic Energy Agency, after inspecting the recently disclosed nuclear facility at Qom, suspects there may be more:
International inspectors who gained access to Iran’s newly revealed underground nuclear enrichment plant voiced strong suspicions in a report on Monday that the country was concealing other atomic facilities. [...]
In unusually tough language, the International Atomic Energy Agency appeared highly skeptical that Iran would have built the enrichment plant without also constructing a variety of other facilities that would give it an alternative way to produce nuclear fuel if its main centers were bombed. So far, Iran has denied that it built other hidden sites in addition to the one deep underground on a military base about 12 miles north of the holy city of Qum. The inspectors were given access to the plant late last month and reported that they had found it in “an advanced state” of construction, but that no centrifuges — the fast-spinning machines needed to make nuclear fuel — had yet been installed.
American nuclear experts have long suspected additional secret facilities exist in Iran for atomic research and development, and the late-September disclosure in Qom only intensified their concerns that there are still other Qoms concealed by the regime. Iran continues to equivocate on a deal reached in Vienna to process its uranium abroad for conversion into a state suitable only for peaceful purposes.