‘Panicked’ Iran makes power move after nuke-site loss

iran-nuclear-missile-340x161Bomb program stepped up at another facility to maintain posture with West

Reza Kahlili_avatarFrom WND.com, by Reza Kahlili, 10/31/13 – Two days after WND’s exclusive report on the devastating explosions at Iran’s  Fordow nuclear site, Tehran informed the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog it was  going to install thousands of modern centrifuges at another of its nuclear  facilities in an apparent move to restore its bargaining position.

In a Jan.  23 letter to the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, Iran  said it plans to install thousands of its upgraded centrifuges at the Natanz  facility.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow today that Iran has  every legal right under its obligations to the IAEA to enrich uranium, even with  the more modern centrifuges.

Iranian media viewed Lavrov’s remarks as supportive of the decision. But the  Russian minister also urged the Islamic regime to “freeze enrichment operations” during the negotiations with the 5-plus-1 countries, the permanent members of  the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

The White House this afternoon called Iran’s decision “provocative.”

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Iran, whose economy has been battered by the international sanctions brought  by its illicit nuclear program, apparently has lost much of its negotiating  position since the incident at Fordow.

The facility, deep under a mountain and immune to conventional airstrikes and  most bunker-busting bombs, already had the more modern centrifuges, which could  enrich uranium two to three times faster to the 20-percent level, a critical  step to weaponization grade.

As reported  by WND Jan. 24 with updates on Jan.  27, 29  and 30,  explosions rocked the Fordow site Jan. 21, trapping scores of workers, including  16 North Korean technicians and military attaches. The source for the  information, a member of the security forces, said rescue efforts were delayed  several days because of the fear of radiation.

The source said today some workers have been rescued and there have been  casualties. He said a secret, underground tunnel with a stone-covered entrance  door about two and a half miles away from the main entrances at Fordow is being  used for the rescue efforts.

The source added that regime intelligence agents, since the explosion, have  arrested dozens of security force members in charge of protecting Fordow.

The tunnel was built after the secret facility was revealed in 2009. The  source said he would provide more information in the coming days to verify the  explosions. The U.S. and Iran have denied the incident took place.

Iran’s unusual notification to the IAEA two days after the Fordow incident  likely is an indication of panic by the regime. The incident at Fordow must have  badly damaged its ability to enrich uranium to the 20-percent level.  Accompanying the loss would be a weakening of Iran’s negotiating position with  the world powers. Installing the same type of centrifuges at Natanz to keep the  output of its highly enriched uranium at same level in its pursuit of a nuclear  bomb would mitigate the loss.

European Council members discussed Fordow this morning, but the source said  the world intelligence community does not have a full grasp of what really  happened at the facility.

As WND  previously reported, Iran received intelligence of planned covert operations  on its nuclear facilities by Israel and other countries in the West in a  last-ditch effort to avoid all-out war. Regime officials adopted a strategy to  respond to Israel, with Quds Force members traveling to southern Lebanon to  evacuate villages for a likely aggression against Israel.

The Quds Force is an elite international operations unit within Iran’s  Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that reports directly to Iran’s supreme  leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Yesterday, Israeli Air Force jets, attacking inside Syria’s border with  Lebanon, bombed a truck convoy that was apparently carrying missile parts and  other equipment destined for Hezbollah. Quds Force members reportedly were in  the convoy.

Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior adviser on international matters to the  Islamic regime’s supreme leader, previously warned Israel that any attack on  Syria would be construed as an attack on Iran. Today Iran, Syria and Hezbollah  warned that there will be consequences for the attack.

Reza Kahlili_avatarReza Kahlili, author of the award-winning book “A  Time to Betray”, served in CIA Directorate of Operations, as a spy in the  Iranian Revolutionary Guard, counterterrorism expert; currently serves on the  Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress and  the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI). He regularly  appears in national and international media as an expert on Iran and  counterterrorism in the Middle East.
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