Friday, February 27

Iran and nuclear energy : Exiled Iranian Opposition Group Exposes Hidden Nuclear Site

An exiled Iranian opposition group exposed another nuclear site in Iran on Tuesday that was unknown to the West, AFP reports.

The group accuses Tehran of running a “secret” uranium enrichment site, which violates ongoing talks with global powers on a nuclear deal.

“Despite the Iranian regime’s claims that all of its enrichment activities are transparent … it has in fact been engaged in research and development with advanced centrifuges at a secret nuclear site called Lavizan-3,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a political umbrella of five Iranian opposition groups, according to AFP.

He said the site was hidden in a military base, supporting his claims with a series of satellite images drawn from Google Maps which, he continued, backed “this intelligence from highly placed sources within the Iranian regime as well as those involved in the nuclear weapons projects.”

The Lavizan-3 site was apparently constructed between 2004 and 2008 and reportedly has underground labs connected by a tunnel. “Since 2008, the Iranian regime has secretly engaged in research and uranium enrichment with advanced… centrifuge machines at this site,” Jafarzadeh said.

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