Nuclear Plant Discovered In Al-Zarqan Iran
Arab Times ^ | July 29, 2008
KUWAIT CITY -- A secret nuclear bomb manufacturing center at Al-Zarqan Area in Al-Ahwaziya
Region, which was first established in 2000, was discovered recently, highly
reliable sources told Al-Seyassah. Sources from Al-Ahwaziya claimed Tehran has
started building a secret nuclear plant for manufacturing atomic bombs in Al-Zarqan Area near Al-Ahwaz
City in southwest Iran and its border with Iraq.
Sources said the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) is not aware of this plant since it was not included in
negotiations with Iran held
in Geneva at
the beginning of this month. Sources revealed Iran started implementing the
project some time between 2000 and 2003, which led to the evacuation of a large
number of Arab tribes from the area to Al-Zarqan.
Sources added the Tehran
administration vacated the location, destroyed all the houses, wells and farms,
and started full implementation of the project in 2007.
directed international A-bomb inspectors to other places, sources warned the
project poses a very serious threat to international security. Sources affirmed
the Iranian authorities built a three-meter high wall around the project site,
which allegedly measures thousands of kilometers.
Sources added IAEA inspectors focused on other Iranian
nuclear plants, such as Dour Khawain in Al-Ahwaz and
Bu Shahri reactor, because the Iranian government
diverted the international media’s attention from the secret nuclear plant.
Sources asserted the Iranian government is currently working on another nuclear
program touted to be more dangerous than Bu Shahri.
According to sources, intensified security efforts
raised doubts on the legality of the activities in the area, especially after
observing a heavy presence of Revolutionary Guards which, sources pointed out,
indicates the importance of the area.
- an Islamic Sunni organization - in coordination with National Society for Arabstan
investigations on the activities in the area. The organization allegedly
received documents from the company in charge of the project that frequently
transports employees to and from the project site. After a thorough
investigation, sources said the organization uncovered plans of the Iranian
regime to build an A-bomb plant in the area. Attached with a report about the
alleged plant are documents from the office of the assistant of Revolutionary
Guard Chief in Al-Ahwaz City Brigadier Hassan Jalaliyan
— dated April 7, 2008 — and stamped as “highly confidential”. Sources revealed
‘Al-Zarqan Nuclear Reactor’ was the subject of a
letter from Jalaliyan to the manager of Mehab Qudus Company for
Construction and Supervisory, Mohammed Kayafir.
In the letter, Jalaliyan
allegedly asked Kayafir to secretly transport the
construction materials from the warehouse to the nuclear reactor center,
emphasizing that citizens should not question the purpose and destination of
Jalaliyan has also instructed Kayafir not
to recruit Arabic-speaking workers from Khuzestan for the construction of Al-Zarqan Nuclear Reactor. He said employees, including the
administration staff, should all be recruited from the northern parts of the
country. National Society for Arabstan State
took satellite pictures of the location, which looked perfect for the
construction of a nuclear reactor. It is near Karoon River which, sources say, will provide
water for the project in addition to increasing the capacity of Al-Zarqan Power Plant. The site is more suitable for building
a nuclear reactor than Bu Shahri, which is close to
American bases and Dour Khuwain Plant located in an
open area and an easy target. Al-Zarqan Nuclear
Reactor is in the middle of very highly populated areas, making it a very
difficult target due to a possibility that the Iranian authorities will use
civilians as human shields.
Iranian authorities had also closed the main road
between the plant and Karoon River
to install main water pipes, sources added.