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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on 09 September 2019), at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, issued the following statement: "A year and a half ago, we exposed Iran's secret nuclear archive, which revealed that Iran was developing five nuclear warheads as early as 2003. Last year, we exposed Iran's secret nuclear warehouse in Turquzabad, which Iran used for storing materials and equipment for its secret nuclear program.

"Even before that, Iran knew that we were on to them, so they cleared the site. They cleared it of these capacities, they cleared them, and then they actually covered up the site. This is an actual cover-up. They put gravel on it to try and hide their traces. But they didn't. The IAEA found traces of uranium that Iran hid in these sites. That's a direct violation of the NPT, the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Earlier today, the IAEA demanded that Iran answer its questions regarding these violations and Iran refused.

"Today, we reveal that yet another secret nuclear site was exposed in the archives that we brought from Tehran. In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons. This is the site near Abadeh, south of Isfahan. When Iran realized that we uncovered the site here's what they did: they destroyed the site. They just wiped it out. They wiped out the site. Here they conducted nuclear experiments for nuclear weapons. This is the site after they understood that we were on to them. They destroyed the evidence or at least tried to destroy the evidence.

"This is what I have to say to the tyrants of Tehran: Israel knows what you're doing, Israel knows when you're doing it and Israel knows where you're doing it. We will continue to expose your lies. What we see is a consistent pattern of Iranian lies, deception and violations.

"I call on the international community to wake up, to realize that Iran is systematically lying, and I call on the international community to join President Trump's sanctions to exert more pressure on Iran. The only way to stop Iran's march to the bomb, and its aggression in the region, is pressure, pressure and more pressure. Thank you."

There was no indication of precisely what Iran was doing at this site, either in Bibi's statement, or in the imagery, which was remarkably unremarkable. The images released by Israel was annotated "Abadeh" which is the name of a small town about 15 miles to the south of the facility. The entire area is magnificent desolation, with miles and miles of miles and miles.

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Abadeh [Abada] a small town in northern Fars province, lying to the northeast of the chaîne magistrale of the Zagros at an altitude of 2,011 m/6,200 ft in 52°40 ' east longitude and 31°11 ' north latitude. It is on the easterly (formally the winter, now the all-weather) main Isfahan-Shiraz highway, 204 km from the former and 280 km from the latter city.

Abada has played virtually no part on the wider stage of Persian history. When the English scholar E.G.Browne passed through it in 1888, he was impressed by the pleasant orchards and gardens; it serverd as a telegraph station and had a significant community of Baha'is (A Year Amongst the Persians, Cambridge, 1926, pp. 253-54). At present the town forms the northernmost district (šahrestan) of Fars. The province of Isfahan lies to the north; that of Yazd is on the north and east. Shiraz district is to the south and the west, and Behbehan district also lies to the west.

Abadeh, situated on the road between Isfahan and Shiraz in the south of Iran has grown as picturesque market-town. The crafts industry is important in the historic city with some excellent carpets woven here. Abadeh rugs are tribal hand-woven carpets made by the nomadic Qashqai peoples of south central Iran. The rugs tend to be based on a cotton warp and have a thin, tightly knotted pile. Most Abadeh rugs are closely cut making them very flat. Although some of the older Abadehs vary in style, many of the new designs are easily recognisable. These new designs, known as Heybatlu consist of a single diamond shaped medallion in the centre with smaller medallions on each corner. The pattern is typically geometrical flowers or animals and the main colours are light reds or burnt orange on top of a dark blue background with strong green details. The corners or borders are generally ivory in colour. Although some Abadeh and Shiraz rugs appear similar Abadeh can normally be differentiated by their higher knot counts as well as the fact that the warp is invariably cotton.

Abadeh is famous for carved wood-work, made of the wood of pear and box trees. Also sesame oil, castor oil, grain, and various fruits. Abadeh historical monuments include Emirate Kolah Farangi, Tymcheh Sarafyan and Khaje tomb, located in the Khoja mountains.

Fars News Agency reported in August 2012 ["Iran Starts Building Powerful Air Defense Base in South"] that the Iranian military had started construction of its largest air defense base in Southern Iran. Deputy Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base for Engineering Affairs Mohammad Hosseini further added that the new air defense site is built in the city of Abadeh in the Southern Fars province. He said the air defense base is due to be built at the cost of $300mln and will have 6,000 personnel for a large array of duties, including educational ones. Hosseini also said that the super modern air defense base will include one of the most important military training centers of the country which will be comprised of seven battalions.

Meantime, representative of Abadeh at the parliament, Rahim Zare', said "this air defense site will be the product of the achievements gained in all areas of science in the world". Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

A senior Iranian air defense commander stressed that all Iranian air defense units and systems are fully prepared to repel possible enemy air raids. "Ground-to-air missile and artillery systems of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army are fully prepared to defend the Islamic homeland's territory," General Shahrokh Shahram said in July 2012.

Google Earth imagery does not disclose any evident air defense facility in this area.

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