A new facility in Iran is being used to secretly produce components for the country’s renegade nuclear program, a well-known Iranian dissident tells FOX News.
Alireza Jafarzadeh and his organization, Strategic Policy Counseling, have released a report that claims a clandestine facility, called TABA, has played an integral part in Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Though Fox News cannot independently confirm the facility or Iran’s intention for it, Jafarzadeh and his group are leading sources on the Islamic state’s activities.
“This site is one of the secret centers affiliated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and plays a significant role in producing centrifuge parts and advancing the secret portions of the Iranian regime's nuclear program,” the report says. “Over the course of the past four-and-a-half years, parts for tens of thousands of centrifuges have been manufactured at this site and secretly relocated…”
The report Thursday on Iran's nuclear program claims several parts of nuclear centrifuges are manufactured at the TABA site including centrifuge casings, composite tubes, centrifuge magnets and molecular pumps at the secret location. Since centrifuges are a vital component of uranium enrichment, they have been a focal point in the monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program.
“[The facility] strongly suggests to me that there are other also hidden also unknown locations that are producing the next generation of centrifuges,” Bolton said.
“Today's revelation shows the Iranian regime's heightened deception and concealment policy in order to get to the bomb as rapidly as possible,” the report concludes. “This continuing and systematic effort has made it abundantly clear that international sanctions, albeit necessary, have not had the desired impact in halting the advancement of Tehran's nuclear weapons program, its support for terrorism and crackdown at home.”