Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity: IAEA

Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines it has in an underground bunker, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday, showing Tehran’s defiance towards Western pressure to stop its atomic work and the threat of Israeli attack.

The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency also said in a report that “extensive activities” – a reference to a suspected clean-up – at Iran’s Parchin military complex would hamper its investigation of possible past nuclear weapons development there, if inspectors are ever granted access.

The number of enrichment centrifuges at Fordow, a site buried deep inside a mountain to better protect it against any enemy strike, more than doubled to 2,140 from 1,064 in May, according to the IAEA’s quarterly report. However, the new machines were not yet operating, it said.

The report showed that Iran had produced nearly 190 kg (418 pounds) of higher-grade enriched uranium since 2010, up from 145 kg in May.

Iran, which denies developing nuclear weapons technology, says it needs this material to fuel a medical research reactor, but it also takes it significantly closer to making potential bomb material.

The report is likely to add to Western alarm about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and may further fuel speculation that Israel might launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear sites.

Reuters

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    Every one is digging mountains and hiding things in bunkers ,,,,,, all for peaceful reasons or protecting the world !!!

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    every one is digging mountains and hiding things in bunkers ,,,,,, all for peaceful reasons!!!

  • Patience2

    When this is all blown apart by ‘someone’, just think of the radioactive pollution that will cover lots of Iran-a-way!  What a treat the ‘fuzzy-face’ has in store for ‘his’ people! (whether they like it or not)

  • Patience2

    When this is all blown apart by ‘someone’, just think of the radioactive pollution that will cover lots of Iran-a-way!  What a treat the ‘fuzzy-face’ has in store for ‘his’ people! (whether they like it or not)

  • Patience2

    When this is all blown apart by ‘someone’, just think of the radioactive pollution that will cover lots of Iran-a-way!  What a treat the ‘fuzzy-face’ has in store for ‘his’ people! (whether they like it or not)

  • Hesperian

    Let us suppose that they do build the atomic bomb..What do they really think they can do with it ??
    If they use it against one of their neighbors ,they’ll cease to exist themselves..and the whole region will suffer from radiation for a long time.

    • hannihabal

      iran has missiles zat can reach europe for sure and maybe usa. if zey enrich zem wiz uranium, u can understand ze rest. only usa is allowed to have nuclear weapons and threatens ze world wiz it, it is called democracy

  • Hesperian

    Let us suppose that they do build the atomic bomb..What do they really think they can do with it ??
    If they use it against one of their neighbors ,they’ll cease to exist themselves..and the whole region will suffer from radiation for a long time.

    • hannihabal

      iran has missiles zat can reach europe for sure and maybe usa. if zey enrich zem wiz uranium, u can understand ze rest. only usa is allowed to have nuclear weapons and threatens ze world wiz it, it is called democracy