Just as the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report increased alarm about Iran’s illicit nuclear program, now comes word that the Islamic regime has created even more secret nuclear sites.
The IAEA report indicated that not only has Iran completed
installation of 2,784 centrifuges at Fordow, the previous secret site
deep in a mountain believed to be immune to air strikes, but also could
within days increase output of highly enriched uranium to the 20-percent
level, well on the way to nuclear weapons.
Iran has started to feed uranium hexafluoride gas into four new
cascades, increasing the number of centrifuges at Fordow from 700 to
1,400, therefore doubling its output of highly enriched uranium and
cutting the time needed for having enough high-enriched material for one
nuclear bomb. The regime already has enough low-enriched uranium for
six nuclear bombs if further enriched.
However, according to a source within the engineering department of
the Revolutionary Guards, the regime is working on its nuclear bomb
program from several secret sites unknown to the world.
One such site, the source said, is in the outskirts of the small city of Shahrokhabad in Kerman Province.
Kerman, known for its deposits of copper and coal, also has uranium
ore deposits, the source said, and is as high a quality as the deposits
at Gachin near the city of Bandar Abbas, which the regime has long used
for its yellow cake supply. The regime, with its need for yellow cake,
not only has explored various sites within Iran but as far away as
Venezuela and Bolivia. Both of those countries have close ties with
Iran, and both have vast uranium deposits.
The new site, under the control of the Revolutionary Guards, is
code-named “Fateh1.” Fateh in Farsi means victorious. The site’s
official name is the Martyred Bahonar Training center, but it is used as
a front for regime’s nuclear activity. A six foot wall surrounds the
site, on top of it are iron bars and on top of them barbed wires.
According to the source, the uranium ore at the new site is processed
into yellow cake then converted to uranium hexafluoride, which is then
fed into centrifuges to produce enriched uranium.
It is unclear at this time if the conversion of the yellow cake into
uranium hexafluoride is done at the new site or sent to the Isfahan uranium conversion facility,
but the source said activities at the site point to underground
facilities within the site, covered with dirt or a special rolled
asphalt to camouflage its activities from satellites. This is similar to
what the regime has done at other sites – enriching uranium at
The source added that the site, surrounded by security towers and
barbed wire, is under heavy Revolutionary Guard control, with checks at
the entrance and security posts within the facility.
The Guard commander of this operation, according to the source, is
Col. Habibollah Sanatgar, who reports directly to the Atomic Energy
Organization of Iran, headed by Fereydon Abbasi, though all coordination
is under the supervision of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, the father of
Iran’s nuclear bomb program. The source added that another facility not
far from the site is involved in plutonium work.
Peter Vincent Pry, formerly with the CIA and now executive director
of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a congressional
advisory board, regards the discovery of another Iranian underground
nuclear site as ominous.
“Reliable sources in recent months appear to have disclosed two more
previously unknown facilities serving Iran’s nuclear program,” Pry said.
“Moreover, the sources have provided some credible evidence that at
least one of these facilities is actively engaged in nuclear
weaponization. If any of these allegations is even partially true, the
whole timeline for Iran developing a nuclear weapon must be
recalculated. The advent of a nuclear-armed Iran is much nearer than
assumed by the Obama administration.”
Pry warned that the United States cannot afford to let Iran, the
leading sponsor of international terrorism, develop even a single
“The congressional EMP Commission warned that Iran could launch a
nuclear-armed short-range missile off a ship to inflict an EMP
(electromagnetic pulse) catastrophe on the United States using just a
single warhead,” Pry cautioned. “The EMP attack would collapse the
national electric grid and all the critical infrastructures that support
modern civilization and the lives of 300 million Americans. Iran has
practiced making exactly such a ship-launched EMP attack and has openly
written about making an EMP attack to eliminate the United States.”
Exclusive reports by WND on Oct. 8 and Nov. 1
revealed that Iran is operating another nuclear site at which
scientists are testing a neutron detonator and implosion system for a
nuclear bomb as well as on a nuclear warhead design and enrichment to
The 5+1 group has requested new talks with Iran over the nuclear
impasse. The Islamic regime has hinted about freezing nuclear enrichment
to the 20-percent level in exchange for removal of all sanctions,
guarantees on providing the country with high-enriched uranium and
acceptance of the regime’s full rights to nuclear energy. Such a deal
would allow the country’s thousands of centrifuges to continue to enrich
to the 5-percent level.
Regardless of the outcome of any further negotiations, the source
said, the Islamic regime, with work at many secret sites, is very close
to obtaining the bomb.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award winning book “A Time to Betray”
(Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National
and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for
Democracy in Iran (FDI).