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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Iran hid warhead making equipment from inspectors

The Associated Press reports that Iran hid nuclear warhead making equipment from visiting IAEA inspectors.
UN nuclear inspectors revisiting an Iranian laboratory suspected of involvement in a nuclear weapons program discovered that equipment has been removed, diplomats said Friday.

Senior officials within the International Atomic Energy Agency are concerned that the removal was part of a cover-up.

The equipment can be used for pyroprocessing, a procedure used to purify uranium metal used in nuclear warheads.

Iran had confirmed that it carried out pyroprocessing experiments, but then backtracked in March.

The experiments prompted IAEA experts to revisit a site where they had apparently already seen the equipment, the Jabr Inb Jayan Multipurpose Research Laboratory in Tehran, but they found some of the equipment had been removed to an undisclosed site.

Three diplomats speaking anonymously, said an electrolysis unit used in separating out impurities from uranium metal was among the apparatus that had been removed. Another said chemical apparatus used in the process were now missing.
But let's just go on pretending that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.

What could go wrong?


At 8:03 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

And then there's the NPT conference resolution that named Israel but could not find a word of reproach of Iran.

What could go wrong indeed


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