Iranians building two new nuclear plants
IRAN came under fresh scrutiny yesterday after evidence emerged to suggest it had begun to construct two secret nuclear-enrichment plants.
Western intelligence agencies are understood to have concluded that Tehran has escalated the covert elements of its nuclear programme, giving renewed impetus for a US-led push to tighten sanctions.
The findings are partly based on anomalies in Tehran's nuclear inventory that were identified by inspectors from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The inspectors expressed serious concern that uranium-enriching equipment developed by Iranian scientists had mysteriously disappeared, the 'New York Times' reported.
The equipment has not turned up at Iran's main uranium-enrichment plant, leading inspectors to believe it is being stored in secret until it can be installed at an unidentified facility.
Iran recently attracted renewed international interest after Ali Akbar Salehi, its atomic-energy chief, announced work was to begin on two plants to be "built inside mountains". (© Daily Telegraph, London)