Skip to comments.Accusations from Paris that Iran is building a military nuclear plant south of Natanz [Debka]
Posted on 09/28/2007 4:40:11 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
The latest round of the international campaign against Irans covert nuclear activities is coming out of Paris, DEBKAfiles intelligence sources report. A statement by President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday, Sept. 27 that he does not believe Irans program is peaceful was followed by a press conference at which the National Council of Resistance of Irans chairman, Mehdi Abrishamchi, reported Iran was constructing a new site for a secret military project 5 km south of the Natanz nuclear complex.
Sarkozys spokesman David Martinon said: Ahmadinejad claims his countrys nuclear activities are peaceful. Ultimately, we do not believe him. Everyone knows that the program has military goals. We have a string of clues leading us to that conclusion. The question is not settled. DEBKAfile notes that, five years ago, the Americans used the same roundabout technique for making their first disclosures of Irans nuclear violations.
They fed the revelation that uranium enrichment was taking place at Natanz to the same resistance group, NCRI (Mujahideen Qalq), which then called a press conference in Washington and laid it before the public. Surprisingly, this time, Tehran made its own contribution to the disclosures. The local newspaper Kayhan stated on Sept. 25: The intelligence that the West currently has on Irans nuclear program is limited to sites accessible to IAEA inspectors and more than that they do not know.
Two days later, the NCRI went before the press in Paris with the little information he had, which nonetheless substantiated Tehrans admission. Iran is apparently bracing for a fresh spate of international allegations and disclosures from intelligence sources about its most secret nuclear activities for military purposes.
Abrishamchis seeming first installment did not specify what was going on at the new site or the nature of its contribution to Irans weapons program.
He located it near the small village of Abbas-Abad 5 km south of Natanz in the Siah mountain. The site, he said, consisted of a sprawling underground area with two tunnels which run under two mountains connected to Natanz. The tunnel entrance is six meters wide. Building began in 2006 and is scheduled to end in March 2008. Revolutionary Guards Brig. Gen. Tabatabi monitors progress of the work every week; it is overseen by his deputy Brig. Gen. Daneshjo.
To preserve the projects secrecy, the NCRI chairman reported, its various sections were assigned to different agencies and units of the defense ministry and Revolutionary Guards, none of which has the whole picture. DEBKAfiles sources believe that just enough data were rationed out to Abrishamchi to let the Iranians know that US and French intelligence has a lot more. How much more is released will depend on Tehrans reaction. If the clerical rulers continue to maintain like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that their program is purely for peaceful purposes and the issue is closed, more solid information on Iranian illicit undertakings is likely to be laid bare.
If the French keep it up, I may have to get a new joke book.
Wow, that three weeks in jail sure turned her into a different person.
Beat me to it!
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Unfortunately, unless Israel does what the rest of the world should do — but won’t — and knocks out these facilities, we will be dealing with a nuclear-armed Iran. Because there is no way the UN will do anything to stop Iran; and the US has become so emasculated because of the leftists who control pretty much all of the federal government, that anything stronger than a “strongly worded letter” is not on the plate.
I suspect any Israeli operation would use American airfields in Iraq with American support.
Wonder how many Iranian troops are in the area. Hitting the barracks and then launching a ground assault might be the better option. It gives a much better assessment of what’s been taken out.
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