Iran to move its most sensitive nuclear equipment to bunker
Washington Post / Thomas Erdbrink
08-Jun-2011 (5 comments)

TEHRAN— Iran is moving its production of higher-enriched uranium to a mountain bunker where it plans to triple output by using more advanced centrifuges, state television reported Wednesday.

Iran says the announcement is a response to a letter Friday from Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which reiterated “concerns about the possible military dimensions” of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

“Our answer is increased work in the sphere of nuclear technology and know-how,” Iranian nuclear chief Fereydoun Abbasi told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

The moving of Iran’s most sensitive nuclear equipment deep inside a mountain had been predicted by Iranian nuclear officials in the past. But the sharp increase in production of uranium enriched to nearly 20 percent is new and will further heighten tensions between Iran and world powers distrustful of the nature of the Iran’s nuclear program.

Currently, Iran is enriching uranium at its Natanz site, where the bulk of the output is nuclear fuel enriched to 3.5 percent — suitable to power reactors that generate electricity. The new location, named Fordo, is dug deep into a mountain next to a military base near the city of Qom, a center of Shiite learning. It was long kept secret but now is monitored by the IAEA, the U.N. nuclear watchdog. The agency says there currently are no centrifuges inside the mountain bunker.

Shifteh Ansari

Islamic Republic hellbent on compromising Iran

by Shifteh Ansari on

Islamic Republic of Iran is a traitor to Iran and Iranians, consistently creating conditions that would endanger the peace and security of Iranian citizens.  No amount of enriched uranium is worth bringing threats of attacks on Iran, something the Iranian government has consistently provided for Iranians over the past decade. The Islamic Republic of Iran has wanted a war, erroneously thinking that a military attack on Iran would enable it to gain the people's support in order to stay in power.  Iran's nuclear program has been the tool with which the Iranian government has hoped to agitate and start that military attack.



Islamist regime's "nuclear programme"

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Is dangerous, super expensive and reckless. It has brought our nation nothing except threats of war, isolation, sanction. 

The nuclear programme should be stopped immediately until the time we have in our country a regime elected by people, working for and transparent to people of Iran, executing the will of Iranian people. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Which one is better

by iamfine on

Which one is better to have:1) Nuclear technology so nobody would tell us what to do or taking advantage of, 2) Give up the nuclear technology and let west walk all over us. 



I wonder if the rift

by Bavafa on

I wonder if the rift between AN and the Mullah has any thing to do with this  Maybe he knows some thing and they are worried about it?!?!?



It is a

by on

very prudent move to secure national assets.

What did you really expect? to line them up on the surface so they can be bombed? Which country does it? What is your benchmark for a shear stupid idea?