UN Thinks Iran Is Building Two Nuke Sites

Tehran official says they'll be 'inside mountains'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2010 5:49 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – Iran is apparently building two more uranium-enrichment sites and doesn't seem to care about keeping it a secret. A high-ranking Iranian official told the Student News Agency that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the work to begin soon "inside two mountains." The interview drew little attention at first, but now UN weapons inspectors think it's legit, reports the New York Times.

They cite circumstantial evidence: Iran is building a lot of enrichment equipment, but little of it is showing up at the country's known nuclear plants. Inspectors think it's being stored secretly for later shipment. The development comes as the US is pushing for sanctions after the revelation 6 months ago of the secret enrichment site at Qum.

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