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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Mo'allem Kalaych / Mo'allem Kalayeh

The Mo'allem Kalaych [Mo'alem Kalaye] facility is under construction near Qazvin in the mountains north of Tehran. The most detailed and apparently least reliable reports of Iran's weapons programs are from the People's Mujahideen, an anti-regime group. The installation is suspected of conducting undeclared nuclear weapons activity. Reportedly the site, under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), houses uranium enrichment gas centrifuges installed by China and Pakistan. It was visited by IAEA inspectors who reported that as of February 1992 nuclear activities were not being carried out at this facility. Although subsequently additional equipment arrived at Mo'allem Kalaych it is unclear whether this equipment is nuclear-related. Although the high seismic activity in the region would render the area unsuitable for a plutonium production reactor, the installation is sufficiently large to accomodate equipment for production of weapons-grade uranium.

As of 11 April 2000, Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery coverage was not available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer, nor was archived Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery of this facility available on the CARTERRAT Archive.

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