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Iran Nuclear Watch: Natanz Uranium Processing Plant has Restarted

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Iran’s Uranium Conversion Facility, just outside the city of Isfahan, 410 kilometers, 255 miles, south of capital Tehran, Iran, March 30, 2005. The conversion facility in Isfahan reprocesses uranium ore concentrate, known as yellowcake, into uranium hexaflouride gas. The gas is then taken to another site at Natanz and fed into the centrifuges for enrichment.

NewsTelegraph: Iran plant ‘has restarted its nuclear bomb-making equipment’

Iran’s controversial Natanz uranium processing plant has successfully restarted the sophisticated equipment that could enable it to produce material for nuclear warheads, according to reports received by Western intelligence.

In the past few days Iranian nuclear scientists have reportedly restarted four of the centrifuges required to produce weapons-grade uranium, and have begun feeding them with uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas, a key component in the production of nuclear bombs.

These developments along with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s blatant taunting of Israel over the holocaust is evidence that Iran desires a confrontation with the European Union, Israel and the United States.

This crucial development follows Iran’s decision to withdraw its co-operation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna after the body decided last week to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council.

Iranian officials have moved quickly to obstruct the work of the UN nuclear inspectors still working in the country’s nuclear facilities.

Intelligence officials say restrictions have been imposed on the inspectors’ movements between the various facilities at Natanz.

They have been specifically excluded from those areas where the Iranians have announced they would resume uranium enrichment, and have ordered the UN inspectors to report to officials running the plant on a daily basis. Security cameras installed by IAEA officials to monitor key facilities have been disabled.

Having effectively excluded the UN inspection teams from the most sensitive sites, Iranian nuclear scientists have removed the seals from the P-2 centrifuges that Iran acquired from Pakistan through the secret nuclear network operated by Dr A Q Khan, the “father” of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb.

They have also begun installing tanks in underground bunkers that are designed for industrial enrichment.

The United States and Israel will await the formal sanctioning of Iran by the United Nations Security Council.

Flap handicaps Iran will respond by provoking the West with an oil embargo or disruption of oil supplies.

The United States will then along with its allies invade Iraq and change its regime.

End Game for Iran’s nuclear program and the fanatical Ahmadinejad.

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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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