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This discovery could be significant because it shows that Iran is still lying to the international community about a nuclear facility that has no reasonable use other than military.
New evidence disclosed in Iran’s secret nuclear files taken by the Mossad show that its underground Fordow nuclear facility is older than it has admitted, according to a think-tank report.
This discovery could be significant, says the Institute for Science and International Security, because it shows that Iran is still lying to the international community about a nuclear facility that has no reasonable use other than military.
The report says that photographs and documents it reviewed from the materials taken from Iran in January 2018 by the Mossad date the facility to as much as five years earlier than the Islamic Republic has led the world to believe
In 2009, the international community confronted Tehran with the fact that it had uncovered Fordow, which Iran had worked hard to conceal.
The catching of Iran red-handed building a secret underground nuclear facility at the time was the beginning of what rallied Russia, China and the UN Security Council to pressure the Islamic Republic with sanctions.
Those sanctions eventually led Tehran to sign the 2015 nuclear deal.
As part of the deal, Iran was obligated to disclose all facets of its nuclear program that it had not previously disclosed or regarding which it had provided false information.
Iran indicated that the facility dated back to 2007.
However, its secret nuclear files reviewed by the think-tank show that it may date back to as early as 2002, with extremely strong evidence that it dated back to at least 2004.
The report said that, “Iran’s determination to keep open this deeply buried enrichment site extended into the negotiations over the JCPOA [nuclear deal] and even today, despite the plant having no credible civilian nuclear justification.”
It continued saying, “The Nuclear Archive raises again the deception of Iran about its past nuclear weapons activities and raises profound questions about the true purpose of this facility” in the present and when the deal’s nuclear restrictions expire in the future.
The think-tank slammed the international community for permitting Iran to continue to operate Fordow, saying that “speaks volumes of its failure to first determine and then ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is truly peaceful.”
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post in January, the think-tank’s director, David Albright, said that there were 3,000 IR-1 centrifuges for enriching uranium at Fordow which could potentially be used to produce one to two nuclear bombs per year.
Like many issues with Iran, it is these ambiguities which also leave open questions about whether the Islamic Republic could develop more nuclear weapons than expected and at a faster speed.
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The Fordow Enrichment Plant, aka Al Ghadir: Iran’s Nuclear Archive Reveals Site Originally Purposed to Produce Weapon-Grade Uranium for 1-2 Nuclear Weapons per Year
Britain and other European nations are at risk from Iranian terror attacks on home soil and must do more to deter the regime, America’s counter-terrorism coordinator has warned.
Nathan Sales said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph that Iran has carried out a slew of assassination plots in Europe in recent years and could do so again.
He praised the UK government for recently designating Hezbollah, the Shia Islamist group backed by Iran, as a terrorist organisation and urged other EU countries to match the move.
Mr Sales also pointed the expulsion of Iranian ambassadors from European countries in the early 1990s after a bomb attack, saying that playbook could be “instructive” for dealing with today’s threat.
“It is unacceptable that Iran would regard the European continent as fertile ground for its campaign of terrorism,” Mr Sales warned.
He added: “If there are no costs, Iran is going to keep at it. So it’s incumbent on us to impose those costs so that we can deter future acts of terrorism.”
The comments reflect the hard line Donald Trump’s administration has taken on Iran in the two years since he took over the presidency.
Mr Trump pulled America out of the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor Barack Obama, which limits Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.
The move triggered a clash with America’s European allies, who have remained committed to the deal alongside the other signatories of China, Russia and Iran.
Speaking in London near the end of a European visit, Mr Sales expressed alarm at the growing number of terror plots allegedly carried out by Iran or its proxies in recent years in the region.
He blamed Iran for a recent foiled bomb attack targeting a political opposition rally in Paris and an alleged plot to murder an exiled political leader in Denmark.
Mr Sales also cited the 2012 bombing of a bus carrying Jewish tourists in Bulgaria and political assassinations in Holland which the Dutch government has blamed on Iran.
Asked why Iran was allegedly carrying out the attacks, he said: “Because terrorism is fundamental to the Iranian regime’s raison d’etre. They regard the export of their revolution as absolutely fundamental and central to the regime’s identity.”
Mr Sales said Britain was not immune from the threat, warning: “I think the regime regards Europe as a whole, the UK included, as fertile ground for its operations.”
One part of the stronger response Mr Sales is calling regards the designation of Hezbollah, which considers itself both a political party and a military group based in Lebanon.
Mr Sales expressed his gratitude to Britain for last month classifying the whole group, including its political arm, a terrorist organisation and urged other European countries to do the same.
“Hezbollah is one organisation. Its leaders, its members, do not differentiate between their military terroristic activities on the one hand and their so-called political activities on the other,” he said.
Mr Sales also hinted at other measures European nations could take to increase the pressure on Iran, noting the fallout from a 1992 bombing of a Berlin restaurant.
European countries expelled Iran ambassadors, recalled their own ambassadors from Iran and suspended dialogue with the regime after that attack. The result, Mr Sales said, was more than two decades of “calm and security” in terms of Iran attacks in Europe.
He added: “What we need now is the same sort of robust, assertive response to signal to Tehran this is unacceptable and if you do it, we’re going to make you pay a price.”
Mr Sales acknowledged that unlike the US, EU countries remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal, but indicated they could still irregardless take steps to punish the regime over the terror plots.
On a separate issue – what should happen to Isil foreign fighters captured in Syria – Mr Sales, who is involved in the talks, also delivered a firm line from America.
He reiterated the Trump administration’s demand that Britain and other European allies take back people who fled their countries to join Isil and prosecute them in their own courts. Britain is refusing to do so, instead stripping the fighters of their UK citizenship when possible.
Mr Sales, whose full title is US ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counter-terrorism, said: “There is no secret to how you do counter-terrorism in a law enforcement context.
“In the United States but more broadly European and other advanced democracies, civilian courts have proven themselves to be entirely capable of meeting this challenge.
“We [the US] can put people in jail for their terrorism-related crimes and ensure that they’re not re-engaging on the battlefield. And we’re asking our allies to do the same.”