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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Secret Storage Area in Iran?

Guardian Unlimited:

Iranian engineers have built a secret underground storage area for use as a uranium enrichment facility in a restricted military area of interest to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, an Iranian exile said Thursday. The exile - Alireza Jafarzadeh - said by telephone from Washington that the ``camouflaged tunnel-like facility'' was completed recently at Parchin, a sprawling Iranian military complex about 20 miles southeast of Tehran. An Iranian official who normally speaks freely to the press refused to comment on the record about the report, saying the allegation was not worth responding to. A senior diplomat familiar with International Atomic Energy Agency, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation, said the agency was unaware of such developments. But the diplomat told The Associated Press that if such construction did occur without notification, it would constitute a violation of an agreement by the Iranians to suspend all uranium-enrichment activity.
Iraq taught us that we can't necessarily take such reports at face value. However, if we have to be wrong, I'd much rather err on the side of caution here. Iran wants nukes. Anyone who denies that probably believe's Saddam had no aspirations for WMD. If this report is fake, Iran knows exactly how to prove it is disarming. South Africa voluntary gave up all it's WMD programs several years ago and fully co-opereated with inspectors to prove it had. Iraq choose a different method, and while we were wrong on a lot of the details, it was clear then and has only become clearer that Saddam wanted WMD and had plans to aquire them as soon as possible. I believe that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable. While I hope that Iranian abandonment of nuclear weapons can be achieved peacefully, I would support military action if other solutions fail.


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