Quds secret Iranian nuclear development facility
Reza Kahlili has Â disclosedÂ in a new reportÂ the existence of a massive underground nuclear development facility Â located 15 miles northwest of Fordow near Qom.Â Kahlili had previouslyÂ disclosedÂ that the Fordow facility may have been disabled in an alleged January 21stÂ blast with casualties of Iranian and North Korean scientists.Â This new underground nuclear complex is surrounded by a large quantity of Shahab 3 missiles in reinforced silos and may contain sufficientÂ stockpiles of enriched fissile uranium and plutonium for possible assembly of nuclear devices. Â Â Moreover, in addition to advanced enrichment facilities, there are allegations that a separate facility is engaged in development of nuclear warheads for intercontinental ballistic missiles. Â From satellite photos the Quds secret facility appears to be under military control.
WatchÂ this impressive You Tube video illustrating this newly identified Quds Â Iranian nuclear facility:
In aÂ Washington TimesÂ report, Kahlili notes the overarching significance of the Quds site:
Images of a secret nuclear site known as Quds and recently revealed details of its operation clearly show the regime has crossed the nuclear red line. In collaboration withÂ North Korea, it is now steps away from arming its missiles with nuclear warheads.
According to information from a high-ranking intelligence officer assigned to theÂ Ministry of Defense, the regime’s scientists have made a significant breakthrough in not only enriching to weapons grade, but have converted the highly enriched uranium into metal, a key step in building nuclear warheads. Moreover, successfully using the metal in making a neutron reflector indicates the final stages for a nuclear-weapons design that would be a two-stage, more sophisticated and much more powerful nuclear bomb.
Regime scientists are also working on a plutonium bomb, and they have at the Quds site 24 kilograms (about 53 lbs.) of plutonium, sufficient for several atomic bombs. The scientists are in the last stage of putting together a nuclear warhead, and are using polonium and beryllium, which would serve as the trigger and the tamper, respectively, for the bomb.
The site, which is almost 15 miles from the Fordow nuclear facility, has a capacity for 8,000 centrifuges and currently has three operational chambers with 19 cascades of 170 to 174 centrifuges enriching uranium. As of three months ago, there were 76 kilograms (about 167 lbs.) of 20 percent and 48 kilograms (about 105 lbs.) of more than 40 percent enriched uranium stock at the site.
This secret site consists of two facilities built deep in a mountain and a missile facility that has been equipped with more than 380 missile depots and launching pads. The facility can house large intercontinental ballistic missiles, most likely the Shahab 3 and, possibly, the North Korean Taepodong II.
US experts commented on theÂ significance Â on these latest Â revelations by Kahlili:
- , executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, reviewed the imagery and human intelligence and called for a congressional hearing.