Recent discoveries in Iran’s nuclear program point again to a military use and to Pakistan
As Philip Sherwell reported in Telegraph UK, “Iran has secretly extended the uranium enrichment plant at the center of the international controversy over its resumption of banned nuclear research earlier this month, satellite imagery has revealed”. Not surprisingly, Iran extended its nuclear facilities while negotiating in ‘good faith’. “The building work took place unannounced during a 16-month pause in research and development at the site, while Iran engaged the West in protracted talks over its professed desire to develop nuclear power”.
Not only was this site kept secret until 2002, when exposed by an Iranian opposition group, but it’s built exactly like the Pakistan “facilities that were designed to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons”. “John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, an independent Washington defence research consultancy that specializes in analyzing satellite images, told the newspaper: ‘These pictures indicate that Iran is replicating every major step that Pakistan took in its atomic bomb program’”
In other news from the AFP, “Iran may have received three shipments of sophisticated P-2 centrifuges capable of enriching uranium, diplomats said, which could support Western claims that Tehran is hiding sensitive nuclear work”. “One diplomat said there were reportedly three shipments of one centrifuge each from the black-market network of disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan in 1997".
Once again, Pakistan is being mentioned as the key source of know-how and technology to Iran. At which point will the US pressure Pakistan and their national hero, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan? While Pakistan is a very important ally in the war on terror, to what extent should we protect the man who sold nuclear plans to one of our most dangerous enemies, a man who may be ultimately responsible for bringing the word terrorism to a whole new destructive level?