Explosion in Iran's Fordow Nuclear Facility

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An explosion deep within Iran's Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime. http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=EX-20130126... Admits New Nuclear Facilityhttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113217386FordowFordow, near the city of Qom, is the site of an underground uranium enrichment facility at a former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps base.[16][17] Existence of the then-unfinished Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) was disclosed to the IAEA by Iran on 21 September 2009,[18] but only after the site became known to Western intelligence services. Western officials strongly condemned Iran for not disclosing the site earlier; U.S. President Barack Obama said that Fordow had been under U.S. surveillance.[19] In its initial declaration, Iran stated that the purpose of the facility was the production of UF6 enriched up to 5% U-235, and that the facility was being built to contain 16 cascades, with a total of approximately 3000 centrifuges. Iran argues that this disclosure was consistent with its legal obligations under its Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA, which Iran claims requires Iran to declare new facilities 180 days before they receive nuclear material.[20] However, the IAEA stated that Iran was bound by its agreement in 2003 to declare the facility as soon as Iran decided to construct it.[21] Later, in September 2011, Iran said it would move its production of 20% LEU to Fordow from Natanz,[22] and enrichment started in December 2011.[23] According to the Institute for Science and International Security, two possible locations of the facility are 34.88459N 50.99596E and34.94373N 50.76056E.[24]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_facilities_in_Iran#FordowSABOTAGE! KEY IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITY HIT?http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/sabotage-key-iranian-nuclear-facility-hit/Iran's Fordo Nuclear Complex Reaches CapacityBy DAVID E. SANGERPublished: November 16, 2012http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/world/middleeast/irans-fordow-nuclear-complex-reaches-capacity.html?_r=0Iran Nuclear Program: Saboteurs Cut Power To Controversial Fordow Nuclear Plant, Iran's Atomic Energy Chief SaysReuters Posted: 09/17/2012 3:05 pm Updated: 09/17/2012 4:44 pmhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/iran-nuclear-program-fordow_n_1891327.htmlhttp://dissidentvoice.org/2013/01/reject-nuclear-power/

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