IAEA sources: Site near Qom must be a military enrichment facility

Sources close to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna confirm that the four inspectors who visited the newly discovered Fordo site near Qom last month found a fortified underground installation designed especially for the production of highly-enriched uranium for nuclear weapons. The team’s findings contradicted their director Mohamad ElBaradei’s dismissal of the site as “”just a hole in a mountain.” Their conclusion was cited by a diplomat close to the IAEA to AP as follows:
“The enrichment hall is too small to house the tens of thousands of centrifuges needed for peaceful industrial nuclear enrichment, but it is the right size to contain the few thousand advanced machines that could generate the amount of weapons-grade uranium needed to make nuclear warheads.”
debkafile‘s intelligence experts say that the strong contradiction between the UN inspectors’ findings on site and their boss’s evaluations days before his retirement underscores the tactics ElBaradei pursued for years to buy time for Iran to develop its nuclear weapons capacity.

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