Iran began construction of a new underground nuclear facility in Fordo.
This is reported by the Associated Press news agency.
According to the newspaper, satellite photos show that construction has begun. At the same time, Iran has publicly denied any information about the activities at Fordow.
“Any changes at this facility will be closely monitored,” commented James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies expert James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies expert Jeffrey Lewis commented.
It is specified that construction at the Fordow site began in late September of this year. Satellite images show that the process is carried out not far from the Shiite town of Qom.
On December 11 the foundation of the building with dozens of pillars, which can be used to erect facilities in earthquake zones, was recorded.
Fordo is an Iranian uranium enrichment plant. Almost all information on it is classified. It is located at a depth of 80-90 meters under rock outcrops.
The facility is built near Qom, 150 kilometers south of Tehran. According to Tehran’s official version, uranium will be enriched only to a 20% level.