Issue 10, Spring 2012
Information received by the Associated Press shows Iran surely at work developing the capacity for nuclear explosions.
A drawing based on information from inside an Iranian military site shows an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that UN inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted there. Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber.
The Associated Press reported, "The computer-generated drawing was provided to the Associated Press by an official of a country tracking Iran's nuclear program who said it proves the structure exists, despite Tehran's refusal to acknowledge it."
The London Telegraph reported that Iran is trying to remove evidence that it tested detonators for nuclear weapons. "When IAEA inspectors visited Iran last month, they were refused permission to visit Parchin. Since then, Tehran has partially backed down and conceded that the agency's experts can enter the location 'once.' "
The IAEA said last November that experiments with a detonation system for nuclear weapons took place inside a large metal container at Parchin. The IAEA said that "Iran constructed a large explosives containment vessel [at Parchin] in which to conduct hydrodynamic experiments," and the IAEA had also independently obtained "commercial satellite images that are consistent with this information."
Associated Press (May 14, 2012). Drawing suggests Iran testing nuclear arms at Parchin. Haaretz English Edition.
Blair, David and Blomfield, Adrian (March 7, 2012). Iran 'trying to remove evidence that it tested detonators for nuclear weapons.' London Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9130082/Iran-trying-to-remove-evidence-that-it-tested-detonators-for-nuclear-weapons.html