Senior IAEA official to visit Iran
Questions over Iran's nuclear program as watchdog agency returns to the country.
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In a report (PDF) on the ISIS website, Mr. Allbright and his colleague Paul Brannan argue that such tunneling may well be effective in protecting key nuclear facilities from attack. The report also carries the satellite photographs in question.Skip to next paragraph
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Iran earlier built a tunnel complex near the Esfahan Uranium Conversion Facility to protect a range of nuclear-related equipment and materials ... Iran may be constructing a similar facility near Natanz, fearing that the underground halls at Natanz are vulnerable to destruction by military attack. Such a tunnel facility inside a mountain would offer excellent protection.
The Jerusalem Post quotes a former head of research for Israeli intelligence as saying that time for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities is running out.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former head of Military Intelligence's Research Division ... who stepped down from his post last year, [said] Iran is "very close" to the point that it will cross the technological threshold and have the capability to enrich uranium at an industrial level. Once they master the technology, the Iranians will have the ability to manufacture a nuclear device within two to three years, he added.
"The program's vulnerability to a military operation is diminishing as time passes," Kuperwasser said, "and they are very close to the point that they will be able to enrich uranium at an industrial level."
Though Iran continues to insist it is only interested in pursuing nuclear power for peaceful purposes, a new poll of Iranians finds that a small majority would like the country to acquire nuclear weapons if the US doesn't make guarantees that it won't attack, reports the Associated Press.
Small majorities of Iranians say their country should develop nuclear weapons and they would feel safer if Tehran possessed such arms, according to a rare public opinion poll of Iranian citizens. Yet 51 percent said that in exchange for normal relations with the United States, they would favor satisfying the U.S. that Iran is not trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And far fewer said Iran should focus on assembling a nuclear arsenal than on strengthening its feeble economy and normalizing diplomatic and trade relations with the West.