posted on Nov, 18 2004 @ 08:23 AM
"Iran appears to have a complete copy of Pakistan's fissile material production complex -- uranium conversion, uranium enrichment, heavy water
production, and a heavy water plutonium production reactor. Elements of these facilities have been hardened against attack, notably the uranium
enrichment facility at Natanz, which has been buried under a thick layer of earth. All of these facilities are heavily defended by anti-aircraft
missiles and guns.
One cannot exclude the possibility, however, that some or all of the visible nuclear weapons complex is simply a decoy, designed to draw attention. It
is possible that Iran, like North Korea and unlike Pakistan, has buried nuclear weapons production capabilities that have escaped detection, and would
continue in operation even if the visible facilities were destroyed. There are persistent rumors of such hidden facilities, but little in the way of
circumstantial evidence to give credence to these rumors.
Amrom Katz, a shrewd arms control analyst at Rand Corporation many years ago, said, "We have never found anything that the Soviets have successfully
hidden" [ Verification and SALT: The Challenge of Strategic Deception, W.C. Potter, Ed. (Westview, Boulder, CO, 1980), p 212). The issue for attack
planners is how many undetected facilities have been successfully hidden in Iran. "
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[edit on 18-11-2004 by DrHoracid]