Iran Nuclear Site 'Clean-Up' Raises Suspicions Further

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps not so shockingly, AP is reporting tonight that satellite images of Iranian military facilities show trucks and other earth moving vehicles. Diplomats, accredited to the IAEA, suggest this indicates attempted cleanup of radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger. As sanctions grow more burdensome and Israel's pre-emptive rhetoric rises, the discovery of this sanitization effort only raises the stakes as the images are said to be very recent and updated constantly and suggest evidence of tests of a small experimental neutron device. This wouldn't be the first time a site has been 'sanitized' prior to IAEA inspector visits but as The Boston Globe reports IAEA expert teams have tried twice - and failed - in recent weeks to get Iranian permission to visit this area and now (following the apparent clean-up) they have finally been granted access. As the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China postpone their meeting, in an effort to find more moderate language to criticize Iran, it seems to us that actions may just start having more impact than words very soon.


AP Exclusive (via Boston Globe): Iran May Be Cleaning Up Nuke Works

VIENNA—Satellite images of an Iranian military facility appear to show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the site, indicating an attempted cleanup of radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger, diplomats told The Associated Press on Wednesday.


The assertions from the diplomats, all nuclear experts accredited to the International Atomic Energy Agency, could add to the growing international pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes.


While the U.S. and the EU are backing a sanctions-heavy approach, Israel has warned that it may resort to a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities to prevent it from obtaining atomic weapons.


Two of the diplomats said the crews at the Parchin military site may be trying to erase evidence of tests of a small experimental neutron device used to set off a nuclear explosion. A third diplomat could not confirm that but said any attempt to trigger a so-called neutron initiator could only be in the context of trying to develop nuclear arms.




The IAEA has already identified Parchin as the location of suspected nuclear weapons-related testing. In a November report, it said it appeared to be the site of experiments with conventional high explosives meant to initiate a nuclear chain reaction.


It did not mention a neutron initiator as part of those tests, but in a separate section cited an unnamed member nation as saying Iran may have experimented with a neutron initiator, without going into detail or naming a location for such work.


In contrast, the intelligence information shared with the AP by the two diplomats linked the high-explosives work directly to setting off a neutron initiator at Parchin.




If Iran did try to trigger a neutron initiator, it would harden international suspicions by adding a nuclear component to a suspected string of experiments linked to weapons development that generally have not included radioactive material.


Iran has previously attempted to clean up sites considered suspicious by world powers worried about Tehran's nuclear ambitions.


Iran razed the Lavizan Shian complex in northern Iran before allowing IAEA inspectors to visit the suspected repository of military procured equipment that could be used in a nuclear weapons program...


The Iranians also embarked on an extensive redo at the Kalay-e Electric Co., just west of Tehran, before agency inspectors were given access nine years ago. Although the site was re-painted and otherwise sanitized, samples taken from Kalay-e also showed traces of enriched uranium, though at levels substantially below warhead grade.




The timing is important.


U.S. intelligence officials say they generally stand by a 2007 intelligence assessment that asserts Iran stopped comprehensive secret work on developing nuclear arms in 2003. But Britain, France, Germany, Israel and other U.S. allies think such activities have continued past that date, a view shared by the IAEA, which says in recent reports that some isolated and sporadic activities may be ongoing.


Iran vehemently denies allegations that it conducted any research and development into atomic weapons and says the totality of its nuclear activities are meant purely to generate power or for research.


Asked for comment, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's chief delegate to the IAEA, told the AP he would not discuss any nuclear issues until after he delivered his statement to the agency's 35-nation board meeting Thursday. IAEA officials also said they could not comment.


Attention most recently focused on Parchin several days ago, when senior IAEA officials first spoke of unexplained activities at the site without saying what they could be and said an inspection of buildings there was taking on added urgency.




IAEA expert teams trying to probe the suspicions of secret weapons work by Iran tried -- and failed -- twice in recent weeks to get Iranian permission to visit Parchin. Tehran then said on Monday that such a visit would be granted.


But it said that a comprehensive agreement outlining conditions of such an inspection must first be agreed on -- a move dismissed by a senior international official familiar with the issue as a delaying tactic. He, too, requested anonymity because his organization does not authorize him to speak publicly on confidential IAEA matters.




[That] session was to take place Wednesday but had to be adjourned to give six world powers time to find common ground on how harshly to criticize Iran. They agreed on a text late Wednesday but only after marathon negotiations reflecting the difficulty of presenting a united front at upcoming talks with Iran.


Officials did not detail the text agreed upon, but the U.S., Britain, France and Germany wanted a joint statement that takes Iran to task for defying U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding it end uranium enrichment and cooperate with an IAEA probe of suspicions it secretly worked on nuclear arms.


A senior Western diplomat, however, told the AP that Russia and China, which have condemned Western sanctions on Iran as counterproductive, sought more moderate language. He spoke on condition of anonymity because his government does not authorize him to share confidential information with reporters.

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TruthInSunshine's picture

***Sheeple Breaking News Alert***


AP & Reuters are claiming that Iran bought yellow cake from a Nigerian bakery.

*As reported by Judith Miller


***This Has Been A Sheeple Breaking News Alert***

nope-1004's picture

This new article from the AP reminds me of Colin Powell's presentation to the UN. "Iraq has mobile nuclear devices."

LOL.  Let's see some hard evidence before jumping on the 'nuclear clean up' band wagon.



Same shit, different day. 

redpill's picture

Let me guess, they hate our freedom and will be launching ICBMs imminently unless we "act."  Whatever you warmonger pricks, you know you're going to bomb them no matter what, just shut your lying neocon chickenhawk yaps and get on with it already.  Assholes.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Here's the question for those who really took the red pill: Why is Iran going out of its way to provoke an attack by Israel?


Is the Western mind wholly incapable of recognizing the big picture and the true 'New World Order' conspiracy? 

Consider this.

Jan. 23, 2011 - Iran announces a naval flotilla will be sent to pass through the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea w/some warships going through the Suez Canal.

Jan. 25, 2011 - Egyptian revolution begins.

Jan. 26, 2011 - Iranian naval vessels depart for Mediterranean Sea.

Feb. 6, 2011 - Iran's naval vessels dock at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the first time Iranian warships are permitted at a Saudi Arabian port since '79 revolution given the poor relations between the states.

Feb. 11, 2011 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak overthrown on 32nd anniversary of overthrow of the Shah in Iran

Feb. 22, 2011 - Iranian naval vessels pass through Suez Canal and enter the Mediterranean Sea for the first time since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.


Here's the big question marks. 

1. How did Iran know Hosni Mubarak would be overthrown before the Egyptian revolt even began such that there'd be an opportunity for Iranian naval vessels to pass through the Suez Canal? 

"While the Mubarak regime was in power, there was little possibility of Egypt permitting an Iranian naval task force to transit the Suez Canal." 

2. Why did Saudi Arabia permit Iranian naval vessels to dock in Jeddah? The two countries are supposed to be hostile with one another. 

I can only point out the truth and be ignored for so long before there are tragic consequences from failing to heed me:
TruthInSunshine's picture

Just a note of caution:  Even if you, like I, know American and non-American Jews who are highly critical of Israeli Government policies, and you happen to agree with these friends, you and they will be labeled and smeared as anti-semitic, jew haters (or self-hating jews, in the event that you're of jewish ancestry) - * I go much further, with far more colorful language, as I speak truth to recent events, as I watch politicians on both sides of the aisle literally try to outdo each other in sucking Israel off and slobbering all over Israeli Neocons with wet tongues, and bending to their every stated desire, at the expense of their actual constituents, Americans who pay taxes.

The ADL and Dershowitz will come for you on a witch hunt, and go Joe McCarthy on your ass, like they did with two highly respected and very competent professors at Harvard & The University of Chicago, respectively, John J. Mearsheimer & Stephen M. Walt, because those two professors had the audacity and balls to suggest, in a very professional, well-written, exceedingly well reasoned and objective scholarly work, that the Israeli Lobby has an outsized influence over the foreign policy of the United States, essentially lessening American credibility abroad, and weakening the United States diplomatically and financially, by influencing its policies to the point that it expends financial and political capital in ways that not only do not benefit Americans, but have the aggregate affect of harming the interests of Americans and The United States.

But, despite their astute and objective analysis, because they dared utter the phrase "Israeli Lobby," and attempted to strike up a constructive dialogue about its role in American Politics and Foreign Policy, Dershowitz, that (in)famous attorney who is adamant about the protection of sacrosanct 1st Amendment rights to free speech (and where does free speech more aptly belong than at a university of higher learning?), ensured that not only would Walt & Mearsheimer be ousted from their tenured positions at Harvard & The University of Chicago, but literally hounded to the point that they fled the U.S. in order to teach and write in the U.K.

So, what I'm that it's easy to see what's happened and why it's happening, even if the repercussions from talking about it, on the naive assumption that it may benefit Americans and the United States in terms of striking up a cost/benefit analysis, will certainly have Dershowitz, Abe Foxman, the ADL and a bunch of other hypoctritical, dogmatic and ravenous lunatics enaging in every dirty tactic to smear you.

Here's a great article on the whole matter from a self-professed, proud Jewish publication - [excerpt first]:


Robert D. Kaplan’s deification of John J. Mearsheimer in The Atlantic last week shows that the authors of The Israel Lobby are winning

When John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy was published in 2007, it launched a thousand essays and op-eds, upset many Jewish readers, and sold a very respectable number of copies. What it did not do, to judge by the reviews, was convince anyone of its central argument: that an all-powerful “Israel lobby” had hijacked American foreign policy using illegitimate means, and that a small but committed group of American Jews was steering the country into disaster to satisfy their parochial interests. Yet judging from a recent spate of articles in some of the country’s most respectable mainstream publications, including the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Time, it seems that, while Walt and Mearsheimer lost the policy battle, in the long term they are winning the war, on the most important battleground of all: that of ideas and language.

Walt and Mearsheimer's 'The Israel Lobby'
MarketTruth's picture

Wake me up when Israel joins the NNPT like the USA, Russia, Iran, China, etc. Until Israel joins the NNPT, there is no solution to this worldwide crisis spurred by the fear-mongering of Israel (who uses their USA assets to scare the world).

BTW, where were those WMD then President Bush kept claiming in Iraq... that  we all now know were not there.

When Israel joins the NNPT and inspectors can come in and assess their capability, Israel's hundreds of nuclear weapon including nuke equipped submaries, etc, then i'd say mission accomplished.

earnyermoney's picture

The General indicated at the Senate hearings yesterday that they have been found in Syria.

JOYFUL's picture

Well, I went to your site, to imbide even more 'spirit of truth,' and here is what I learned:

a) you were recently banned from Godlikeproductions.

b) you have a major Christ-complex. 

"When I present compelling evidence that I'm the reincarnation of Jesus of Nazareth, i.e., the second coming of Christ, this must be heeded."

The fact that no one is going to ban you from ZH should be a major consolation to you.  The fact that this whole thread is missing the usual string of suspects spouting the sio-stooge line to this moment has either to do with everybody being off for Purim, or that a decision has been made to allow your subsuming of Christ's mantle to blossom into letting you carry the can for the entire "DEATH TO THE EAST-DEATH TO THE WEST " cabbalist campaign~!

Looks like everybody's a winner today! 

TruthInSunshine's picture

You're referring to Sprit of Truth?

I don't want to speak for him, but I got the impression he thinks he's Jesus H. Christ?

I reflexively ended the query at that point.

New World Chaos's picture

Hope you're wrong about the nuclear apocalypse, but you are certainly not the only one who has had a strange experience along these lines.  A friend had a dream about London being nuked.  It was incredibly vivid and it didn't evaporate or degrade like dreams usually do.

SWRichmond's picture

There is no way to completely clean up traces of fission products from a surface site.  Driving around with a bunch of bulldozers and trucking away dirt won't do it.  This shit gets everywhere, and into everything, and it's impossible to hide. 

The problems of nuclear "triggering" are essentially ones of timing and density.  One needs to compress the target material to multiples of its STP density, no mean feat with a material that is already quite dense (think "lead").  It must be mostly uniformly compressed to this higher density and then kept that way for the right amount of time.  This can be done with explosives, blowing the material inwards, equally from all directions.  This is common knowledge.  It is because of the physical restrictions on this configuration that it cannot occur in nuclear power plants.  It is physically impossible.

If you use the right amount of the right enrichment stuff, the reaction becomes self-reinforcing; unlike a commercial power reactor, the "frequency response" of a weapon is very high, so you get energy release in a manner that appears to be "all at once."

That doesn't mean you can't do tests with your explosive configuration and small amounts of the right stuff, and it doesn't mean you won't get fission, and hence, fission products spread all over the place.

Advanced reading: Small nukes are actually used as the triggers for thermonuclear weapons.  Read about "autocatalytic detonation."  This, too, is common knowledge.

AFAIK you don't need to do any of these tests for a commercial power reactor.  Sadly, you and I will never know what it really happening over there.  This entire story could very well be a canard.


earleflorida's picture

"Elements of Fission Weapon Designs [Detonators]"

"Autoclaves/ Uranium Enrichment"

Ref:   &          *[KN22] 

Ps. frequency's @ 5-10 nanoseconds with alarming accuracy



Matt's picture

Here's the question for those who really took the red pill: Why is Iran going out of its way to provoke an attack by Israel?


A better phrasing of the question might be, "why did Iran choose to exist so close to Israel?" Especially when they had thousands of years head start, they could have gone anywhere away from the Promised Land.

Joseph Jones's picture

We can't show the public the hard evidence because it puts at risk our operatives inside supplying the evidence....


sark off....

Cult_of_Reason's picture

Netanyahu asked Panetta to approve sale of bunker-busting bombs, U.S. official says

Top administration source says Obama instructed Defense Secretary to work with Defense Minister Barak, to give all due consideration to the request for purchasing GBU-28 bombs, advanced refueling aircraft.

SunnyDD's picture

What's missing is the inbed CNN News.

Dude How much I miss 'em hehe...


Shadowsil's picture

When the fuck did this become ok!

Panetta: 'international Permission’ Trumps Congressional Permission For Military Actions

Bunga Bunga's picture

So who cares? Most Americans have totally forgotten about this or never figured out. Much more important: new iPad is four times faster and you can watch commercials in 1080p on your way to shopping!

Dugald's picture

Yous wanna yellow cake mate? we got a shit load to sell almost giving it away sport, youse ring Australia for a real deal....!

palmereldritch's picture

....Meanwhile...back at the preparations for the new Iranian Oil Bourse....

Iran’s upcoming New Year’s Eve holiday, Nowruz, on March 20, is typically commemorated by a symbolic purging of the home and spiritual representation of creation and fertility. This year, Iran is also celebrating by changing its policy for payment of oil.

Essentially, Iran will no longer accept the U.S. dollar as payment for oil, and instead, will be looking for other currencies and commodities.

March 20, 2012: the Iranian oil bourse will no longer trade oil in the dollar but start trading oil in other currencies like the euro, yen, yuan, rupee or a basket of currencies.[36]

There's the WMD they're really concerned about....just ask Saddam and Mohammar how their plans for such an oil market fared

hidingfromhelis's picture

They have oil.  They're planning on accepting something other than USD in exchange for it.  They're toast.  This foreign policy thing is way too easy.

rsnoble's picture

I hope it's underbaked yellow cake, that stuff is awesome!! I can eat the entire thing myself.

Buck Johnson's picture

Wow totally amazing, that with the run up to an attack in the next few months or weeks this information comes out.  This is a bogus story and who is the diplomats who said this.  Some COUNTRY is ginning up this information in order to make it easy for an attack to happen.

SunnyDD's picture
God Dam! How they got my Cake?


jjsilver's picture

Reuters is controlled by the rothschilds. Why isn't the media talking about israeli(rothschild) nuclear weapons and the threat they pose to the region. Didn't Israel refuse to allow nuclear inspectors in their country.

We have been taken over from within and war is being waged against the people of the US and the world for  technocratic  world domination.

On the subject of income taxes, Are they voluntary? if not, doesn't that make you a slave?


31 Questions and Answers about the Internal Revenue Service

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Crimedog's picture

The fact that they are trying to hide their ambitions make it even more suspicious.  If they just came out and said they have a right to pursue nuclear power and they are doing it for nuclear reactors, I will feel better about the situation.  Hiding the truth implies bad intentions.  Even if they wouldn't actually use a nuclear, which is entirely possible with them, they would definitely use it a leverage in the region.  Lose-lose situation in my book.


I don't want war, but at some point, there may not be any other choice.

Ignatius's picture

Bull fucking shit.  This whole play is about power and nothing else.  Or, was asking Israel to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty -- as Iran has already done -- your next fucking point?

eatthebanksters's picture

Didn't North Korea sign that treaty as well...your next fucking point?

Ignatius's picture

My next fucking point -- since you are apparently so completely fucking dense -- is that while Iran has regularly allowed inspectors to crawl all over their nuclear program, Israel has yet to officially even acknowledge their nuclear weapon stockpile.

JoBob's picture

Why do you have so many "fucking" points? Don't you have any valid points?

Ignatius's picture

"Jane, you ignorant slut."  Dan Akroyd

TruthInSunshine's picture

Yes, they should follow Israel's lead.

What's that? Israel hasn't signed onto the NPT but extremely credible evidence exists that they have hundreds of nuclear weapons and nuclear warhead carrying ballistic missiles?

My bad.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Crimedog said:

The fact that they are trying to hide their ambitions make it even more suspicious.

Not nearly as suspicious as more scary innuendo from "diplomats" or "an unnamed member nation ... saying Iran may have experimented with a neutron initiator, without going into detail or naming a location for such work."

By the way, the site in question is a military site. With all the saber rattling, sabotage, and scientist murdering that's been going on, they might be a little hesitant to let anyone come snooping around. They could very well have a few non-nuclear surprises in store for defending themselves against an attack and would thus have a legitimate reason to move things around. They're not actually even required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to allow inspectors into that site. If they've been experimenting with fissile material there, a site cleanup won't be able to hide that fact from the inspectors. The Iranians know this. At this point, given the histrionics coming from Israel and the US, I'm more suspicious of the "diplomats" and unnamed sources.

If they just came out and said they have a right to pursue nuclear power and they are doing it for nuclear reactors, I will feel better about the situation.

Huh? They've been saying that for years. Where have you been?

I don't want war, but at some point, there may not be any other choice.

It would be nice to try diplomacy. Too bad the US has been stonewalling and throwing up roadblocks at every turn.


Hansel's picture

Did Iran really clean up a nuclear site, or is the press trying to make the case that Iran has WMDs a la Iraq?


Too bad Monica Blew-Clinsky didn't clean up that stain on her dress. 

wee-weed up's picture

SlickWillie... Is that you?

tickhound's picture

Doesn't really matter though, does it?  This hand just needs to play out.  USForeignPolicyism clearly shows Iran going nuke eVENtually.  And we know what happens when countries get nukes.  They tend to get LEFT THE FUCK ALONE. 

N Korea went nuke cuz we don't need-no stinking AK-47's.  Won't be long before O has Kim(s) over for 18 holes at Andrews.     

Iran has oil.  See that's their first mistake......


whisperin's picture

You mean we invaded the wrong "I"? WTF

Global Hunter's picture

Is "Neutron Initiators" going to be the new buzz word with Wolf Blitzer tomorrow?