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Amid tensions with the U.S., Iran’s nuclear program triggers concerns that Iran is gearing up to make a dash for an atomic bomb.
 
02/27/2021
 

Iran Expands Underground Nuclear Facility at Fordow

Amid tensions with the U.S., Iran’s nuclear program triggers concerns that Iran is gearing up to make a dash for an atomic bomb.

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

Satellite images show new construction at Iran’s underground nuclear facility at Fordow. According to the Associated Press, construction began in September; a satellite image from December 11 shows that a foundation has been dug with dozens of pillars.

The 2015 nuclear deal forbade Iran from enriching uranium at its underground nuclear facility in Fordow. Since the United States left the deal in 2018, Iran has renewed enrichment. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in November that Iran was moving the first of three cascades of advanced centrifuges underground at its Natanz nuclear facility—also in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, which only allowed the use of first-generation IR-1 machines underground.

Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at the site, and the purpose of this new building is still unclear. But work on Iran’s nuclear program always triggers new concerns, especially as Inauguration Day in the United States draws closer.

 
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