2013年2月4日月曜日

Fordow Nuke Plant

 欧米のメディアがイランにあるウラン濃縮の地下施設で大規模な爆発が
あったと報じたことを受け、同国政府は「欧米によるプロパガンダ」とし
て、爆発の事実を否定した。

イスラエルと欧米諸国の複数メディア
・イラン中部フォルドゥの地下施設で爆発があった。
・施設では濃縮度約20%のウランを製造。

イラン国営通信
・原子力庁の幹部は「核問題の交渉におけるプロセスと結果に影響を与え
 るのを目的とした、欧米によるプロパガンダだ」と非難した。

Fordowウラン濃縮施設
・地下施設内に、直列に並べられた16機の遠心分離機があり、20%-90%の
 濃縮ウランを精製可能。

2012年8月 Fordowウラン濃縮施設に敵が潜入し、爆破計画を実施。
      イランの核学者と専門家が妨害。
2013年1月 Fordowウラン濃縮施設で爆破(?)。
     240人以上が閉じ込められた可能性がある。
     半径3mileの範囲で、施設が揺れ、隣接する高速道路を閉鎖。

Fordowウラン濃縮施設爆発の報告は、イスラエルの情報筋。
8月の破壊工作は妨害できたが、今回はだめだったのかも知れない。
イスラエルからの情報は、具体的だが、他国から、大気中の放射性物質
の増加や地震の報道が見当たらない。時間が必要か。

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Atomic Iran explosion: Israel welcomes reported blast at Iranian atomic energy plant


---イラン:「核施設爆発」報道相次ぐ…政府「事実無根」---
毎日新聞 2013年01月29日 13時04分(最終更新 01月29日 13時39分)
http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130129k0000e030161000c.html

 【テヘラン鵜塚健】イラン中部にあるフォルドウ核施設で大規模な爆発があったとの報道が相次ぎ、イラン政府が「事実無根だ」と否定している。米欧諸国やイスラエルが最も警戒する地下核施設で、厳重な管理下にあるとされ、事故なのか、外国による工作活動か、情報の真偽を含めて臆測を呼んでいる。

◇米側も疑問視
 米ニュースサイトWND上に24日、元イラン革命防衛隊員で米中央情報局(CIA)のスパイを自称する男性が記事を掲載。イラン情報省の元関係者からの話として、フォルドウ核施設で21日午前に大きな爆発があり、技術者ら240人が閉じ込められたとした。
 英タイムズ紙(電子版)は28日、イスラエル情報筋が爆発があったことを確認したと伝えた。一方、米国のカーニー大統領報道官は28日、「(爆発の)報道が信ぴょう性があるとは思えない」と爆発を疑問視した。事実であれば、国際社会が懸念する核開発活動が一定後退する可能性もある。
 イラン国営テレビによると、イラン原子力庁のバルブロウディ副長官は28日、「(核施設爆発は)全くのうそで、西側諸国の宣伝行為だ」と反論。イラン軍高官も「爆発は一切ない」と否定した。
 フォルドウ核施設は09年9月に存在が発覚。地下深くに約2000台の遠心分離機が設置され、国際原子力機関(IAEA)の一定の監視下でウラン濃縮活動を行っている。米欧やイスラエルは施設の解体を要求しているが、イラン側は「平和的な核開発だ」と主張して応じていない。


---イラン核施設で大爆発と英紙 「施設に被害」当局否定---
2013年1月28日 21時36分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2013012801002195.html

 【ロンドン、カイロ共同】28日付英紙タイムズは、イスラエル情報筋の話として、イラン中部フォルドゥの地下核施設で最近、大規模な爆発があり、施設が大きな被害を受けたと報じた。事故か妨害工作かは不明だという。
 一方、国営イラン通信などによると、イランの原子力庁当局者は「全くのうそで、爆発は起きていない」と否定、虚偽の報道で核協議の結果などに影響を与えようとする「欧米の宣伝活動だ」と非難した。
 施設では濃縮度約20%のウランが製造されており、イスラエルや国際社会は核兵器開発につながる恐れがあるとして懸念を示している。


---「ウラン濃縮施設で爆発」との欧米メディア報道、イランが否定---
2013年 01月 28日 18:47 JST
http://jp.reuters.com/article/jp_mideast/idJPTYE90R04K20130128

 [ドバイ 28日 ロイター] 欧米のメディアがイランにあるウラン濃縮の地下施設で大規模な爆発があったと報じたことを受け、同国政府は「欧米によるプロパガンダ」として、爆発の事実を否定した。
 イスラエルと欧米諸国の複数メディアは25日、イラン中部フォルドゥの地下施設で爆発があったと伝えた。ロイターはこの報道の事実確認はできていない。
 イラン国営通信(IRNA)によれば、原子力庁の幹部は今回の報道に関し、「核問題の交渉におけるプロセスと結果に影響を与えるのを目的とした、欧米によるプロパガンダだ」と非難した。
 欧米諸国は、イランによる高い濃縮度のウラン製造が同国の核兵器開発につながると懸念を示している。


---Conflicting reports surround explosion at Iran’s Fordo nuclear plant---
By Al Arabiya
Monday, 28 January 2013
Last Updated: Mon Jan 28, 2013 23:17 pm (KSA) 20:17 pm (GMT)
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/01/28/263109.html

An explosion has rocked Iran’s Fordo Nuclear plant, according to Israeli and Western media reports, but Tehran’s Fars news agency quoted the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces denying the reports as propaganda.

Israel’s Ynet news has quoted the British Times newspaper as saying that Israeli officials have confirmed the explosion.

The Times added that the Israeli defense officials cannot verify whether it was a result of sabotage or an accident.

One unconfirmed report said as many as 200 people were feared trapped inside the facility.

Other Western media such as the Irish Times have reported that the underground uranium enrichment facility near the Central city of Qom was rocked by a massive explosion two days ago.

The BBC listed conflicting allegations on the subject. Tehran has categorically denied these recent media reports.

The deputy head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) called the reports "Western propaganda" designed to influence forthcoming nuclear talks.

"The false news of an explosion at Fordo is Western propaganda ahead of nuclear negotiations to influence their process and outcome," Saeed Shamseddin Bar Broudi, deputy of the AEOI, was quoted as saying by the Iran’s state news agency, Irna.

Fordo is Iran's second largest nuclear facility and is considered impregnable to airstrikes and most bunker-buster bombs.

Late in August, a senior Iranian legislator said Iran's nuclear scientists and experts have managed to thwart enemies' plots to infiltrate and blow up the country's newly constructed Fordo uranium enrichment facility.

"The enemies intended to repeat a Chernobyl-like disaster through selling (booby-trapped) equipment and blowing up the centrifuges at the Fordo site, but their plot was discovered and foiled by the Iranian scientists' wisdom and tact," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbas Ali Mansouri told FNA at the time.

Fordo is designed to contain 16 cascades of centrifuges producing 20 percent-enriched uranium, which experts say could be enriched to about 90 percent, or weapons-grade, in a relatively short time. The IAEA said half of the cascades could be fully operational within months.
Tehran insists its nuclear activities are for solely peaceful purposes, but Western powers fear Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.


---Was there an explosion at Iranian nuclear plant? Government denies reports of blast at top secret facility---
By Libby Galvin
PUBLISHED: 13:38 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 GMT, 28 January 2013
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269507/Iran-denies-reports-explosion-Fordow-underground-uranium-plant.html

*Reported last week that Iran's Fordow plant was damaged in an explosion
*The site is deep underground to protect against attacks and enriches uranium to 20 per cent
*Iran believes 'false' reports are Western propaganda designed to influence nuclear negotiations
*Tehran accuses U.S. and Israel of cyber attacks and assassinating scientists
*Isreal minister describes any harm to Iran's assets as 'a blessing'

Iran has denied reports of a major explosion at its Fordow nuclear facility, one of its most sensitive uranium enrichment sites.

The country has described the claims as Western propaganda which they say is intended to influence upcoming international nuclear negotiations.

The reports originate with Israeli intelligence sources in Tel Aviv, who since Friday have spoken of an explosion damaging the Fordow bunker which is situated deep under a mountain near the religious city of Qom.

The explosion is believed to have occurred early last week.

'The false news of an explosion at Fordow is Western propaganda ahead of nuclear negotiations to influence their process and outcome,' the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Saeed Shamseddin Bar Broudi, as saying late on Sunday night.

Iran's ISNA news agency backed up the denial, and quoted military commander Massoud Jazayeri as saying: 'I deny an explosion at the Fordow site.'

The Iranians do not appear to have evacuated the area surrounding the site, which sources claim suffered severe structural damage and may have 200 workers trapped inside.

 In late 2011 Fordow began producing uranium enriched to 20 percent fissile purity - below the 90 per cent level used in nuclear bombs, but very high compared with the 3.5 percent level needed for nuclear energy plants.

The Islamic state says it is producing 20 percent uranium to make fuel for a research reactor in Tehran that produces medical isotopes, but the move provoked fears that the uranium could be converted to bomb-grade.

Several U.N. Security Council resolutions have ordered Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment.

Speculation over the explosion followed a report that international discussions on Iran's disputed nuclear programme may be resumed.

The European Union, the lead negotiator on the talks, said there was no such agreement.

Diplomats in Vienna, where the United Nations' nuclear agency is based, said they were looking into the reports of an incident at Fordow. One Western diplomat said he did not believe they were accurate.

Iran has accused Israel and the United States of trying to sabotage its nuclear programme, due to suspicions that it hides attempts to develop atomic bombs.

The Islamic republic says its atomic programme is entirely peaceful and Tehran has accused Israel and the U.S. of being behind cyber attacks on its nuclear programme and the assassination of its nuclear scientists.

Washington denied any role in the killings and no government has taken responsibility for the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed centrifuges at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility in 2010, despite widespread reports that it was the result of a U.S. and Israeli government project.

Israel has hinted at possible military action against Iran if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute.

Avi Dichter, the Israeli Civil Defence Minister, could not say anything about the reported Fordow blast 'beyond what I heard in the media' but added: 'Any explosion in Iran which does not harm people but harms Iran's assets is a blessing.'

Three rounds of talks last year between Iran and Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany produced no resolution, increasing speculation that Israel could attack Iranian nuclear installations.


---Iran denies rumors of explosion at nuclear plant
By Times of Israel staff January 28, 2013, 12:52 am
http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-denies-rumors-of-explosion-at-nuclear-plant/

Alleged blast reportedly destroyed much of installation at Fordo facility, trapped 240 people underground

Two senior Iranian officials on Sunday denied reports that the country’s Fordo nuclear facility had been rocked by a huge explosion.

Deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Seyyed Shamseddin Barbroudi said there had been no explosion at the facility whatsoever, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, referred to rumors of the blast as “Western-made propaganda” and said they were “baseless lies” meant to impact ongoing talks on Iran’s nuclear program, reported IRNA.

A report published Friday on the website wnd.com claimed that a blast deep within Fordo last Monday “destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground,” citing information from former intelligence officer Hamidreza Zakeri, who it said used to work with the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security.

The article claimed the blast “shook facilities within a radius of three miles,” that Iranian security forces had “enforced a no-traffic radius of 15 miles,” that the Tehran-Qom highway was shut down for several hours after the blast, and that, “as of Wednesday afternoon, rescue workers had failed to reach the trapped personnel.” It said US officials were aware of the reported blast.

There was no independent confirmation of the claims. Nonetheless, Israel’s biggest-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth led its Sunday paper with the report on the alleged blast, which it said might be “the most significant incidence of sabotage in the Iranian nuclear program to date.”

Asked about the explosion on Sunday, Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, said, “Any explosion in Iran that doesn’t hurt people but hurts its assets is welcome.” Dichter was acting defense minister Sunday, in the absence of Ehud Barak.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but that claim has been rejected by much of the international community. The Islamic Republic’s consistent refusal to allow international inspectors into the Fordo nuclear facility has frustrated Western powers and officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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