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Exile Opposition: Iran Hiding Another Nuke Site
An Iranian opposition group that has provided accurate information about undeclared nuclear facilities in Iran in the past said on Monday that Tehran has been hiding another nuclear facility from U.N. inspectors. "We have information about another secret nuclear facility in Iran," an official from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an exiled opposition group, told Reuters. The official gave no details about the site, but said the NCRI would provide full details on Tuesday.
"The Israelis already have the coordinates"
In an emailed statement, the NCRI also said it would provide information on Iran’s use of foreign technology in its atomic program, as well as details about the Kalaye Electric Co., where U.N. inspectors found traces of weapons-grade uranium. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declined to comment on the NCRI allegation, though it said it would closely study any information the exiles released about Iran’s nuclear plans.
"study for several months with back and forth with the Mullahs, allowing enough time for them to evacuate and clean up the facility... we wouldn’t want to actually find anything"
"We have no official comment on this report, although we analyze all sources of information very carefully," IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said.
"We’re evaluating how to deny and debunk this troubling information."
In August 2002, the NCRI broke the news of two undeclared nuclear sites in Iran — a massive uranium-enrichment complex at Natanz and a heavy-water production facility at Arak. Tehran later declared these facilities to the IAEA, which has placed surveillance cameras at Natanz to ensure that no undeclared nuclear activities take place there. In addition to the uranium found at Kalaye, the IAEA found traces of weapons-grade enriched uranium at Natanz, fueling fears that Iran has been secretly purifying uranium for use in an atomic bomb. Tehran denies it secretly enriched uranium and blamed the traces on contaminated machinery purchased abroad in the 1980s.
"yeah, that’s the ticket"
The NCRI is a coalition of exiled opposition groups and sees itself as a potential replacement for Islamic rule in Iran. But the State Department lists the NCRI and its armed wing, the People’s Mujahideen, as a terrorist organization.
bet they do...
In August, the U.S. government shut down the NCRI’s Washington offices after determining it was not distinct from the Mujahideen which was backed by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Last month the governing board of the IAEA gave Iran until October 31 to prove it is not diverting nuclear resources to a secret weapons program, as the United States alleges, or face sanctions by the U.N. Security Council. IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei has been invited to Tehran on Thursday, though an agency spokeswoman said he had not decided yet whether he would accept.
Posted by:Frank G

#2  Compared to Sadaam's security service, these guys are pikers. I bet they haven't even thought through how to move the stuff around yet. El Baradi better give them several more months, their such sleps he might catch them red-handed unless he's careful.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-13 5:58:28 PM  

#1  They can always 'leak' the information to Isreal who would be more then happy to 'investigate' the sites....
Posted by: CrazyFool   2003-10-13 12:51:32 PM