Iran Advances Plan to Move Natanz Site Underground

Nuclear site relocated after summer sabotage

Continuing their effort to play up Iran’s threat, the New York Times reported on the Natanz relocation to an underground site, with satellite images showing progress toward that plan.

The timing isn’t great for fear-mongering on Natanz, however, as these images comes months after Iran publicly announced exactly this move, and after the IAEA confirmed that Iran had informed them of the installation of enrichment cascades in the area.

While there were some quibbles about the legality of this under the nuclear deal, the relocation of Natanz was entirely the result of an Israeli sabotage of the previous site. The new site is deeper underground and meant to be more secure.

Natanz was a remote site meant to be more secure to begin with. The new site is deeper underground, which not only will make military strikes harder, but is also meant to prevent infiltration for sabotage

Author: Jason Ditz

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