Iran Blames US for Building Underground Enrichment Facility
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu today warned that Iran is practicing nuclear "denial, deceit and evasion." Chu said Iran’s decision to move its enrichment facility for higher-grade uranium to an underground bunker (Fordo) brings it closer to being able to producing fissile material for nuclear warheads.
“Pursuing this course raises serious questions over Iran's peaceful intent,” Secretary Chu said [AP, 19 September].
“Iran has continued to engage in a long-standing pattern of denial, deceit, and evasion, in violation of its nonproliferation obligations,” Secretary Chu told a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “Time and time again, Iran has refused to satisfy legitimate concerns about the nature of its nuclear program — selectively rejecting IAEA requests for access to, and information about, its nuclear facilities.”
Meanwhile, the Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereidoun Abbasi, talking to reporters after Secretary Chu had criticized Iran, blamed the US and its allies for Iran’s decision to move its facility underground.
“The reasons we moved the Fordo site underground is that we want to make the Americans and their allies work tougher in order to destroy these facilities,” Abbasi said. “Why should they not give us the right in order to protect our installations? If they would not carry out so many devious actions we would establish our facilities above the ground” [IRNA, 19 September].