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Iran restarts nuke parts production at facility Mossad accused of blowing up – report

CM 16/11/2021


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Iran has resumed production of equipment for advanced centrifuges at the Karaj nuclear site that it accused the Mossad of blowing up in June, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
The report cited Western diplomatic sources who expressed concerns that  Iran could start to secretly divert advanced centrifuges to undeclared sites if it wished to clandestinely move closer to a nuclear weapon.
Centrifuges enrich uranium for potentially making a nuclear weapon, and some of Iran’s more advanced models can speed up that process by a rate of four to five times compared to older models.

These concerns are exacerbated by the fact that the IAEA admitted in September that it has been blind to what is going on at Karaj since June and with the Islamic Republic’s refusal to grant the nuclear inspectors access to the site or explain what happened to the monitoring cameras.
Though Tehran has claimed its postponing IAEA access relates to its investigation of the June sabotage attack in which the site was attacked by a drone, allegedly directed by the Mossad, IAEA Director-General Rafel Grossi had already said in September that such explanation no longer held water.

Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021. (credit: LISI NIESNER/ REUTERS)Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021. (credit: LISI NIESNER/ REUTERS)

Former prime minister Ehud Barak has expressed concern that with a newly growing supply of 60% enriched uranium and advanced centrifuges, it would be easier to hide aspects of the nuclear program than in the past, when a bigger space was needed for a much larger number of less advanced centrifuges were needed to enrich lower quality uranium.
Former Mossad director Yossi Cohen has also expressed concerns about Iran’s ability to make clandestine moves and that any return of the US to a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic would require much stricter controls over the nuclear program.
The Western diplomats quoted said there was no sign that Iran was trying to break out faster to a nuclear weapon, but it was unclear how they would know if Tehran tried to do so clandestinely.
Israeli intelligence officials have also expressed concern that the more advanced centrifuges there are – overt or covert – the greater the danger that Iran could break up eventually not only with one nuclear weapon, but along the lines of its 1999-2003 plans of five weapons.
It was unclear how the Western diplomats had information on general developments at Karaj without getting to physically visit the site and whether the revelations were based on a summary of developments passed on by Iran or independent resources.
The report also noted that some of the 170 newly built advanced centrifuges from the parts produced at Karaj were being installed in Tehran’s deep underground and fortified Fordow facility. In addition, the report said that some production at Karaj had already resumed in August, but that now production had jumped to much higher levels.
Iran’s production of centrifuges is a critical issue in talks with the world powers beginning on November 29 to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, and it was possible that the latest leaked reports might also be an attempt by the ayatollahs to try to intimidate the Biden administration into agreeing to new concessions out of fear of how far Iran will go if there is no deal cut soon.
Israel continues to oppose any negotiations modeled after the 2015 deal which it sees as too weak in limiting Iran’s nuclear enrichment, ballistic missile program, regional aggression as well as being problematic due to its expiration dates in 2025 and 2030.
With the Islamic Republic already at more than 1,000 advanced centrifuges and the 2015 deal requiring it to have far less than 100 such centrifuges, Israeli intelligence officials are concerned that any deal which does not lead to destroying those new centrifuges will be close to meaningless.

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