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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Parchin
Nuclear Facility

Other Areas


Parchin, Iran
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Possible Explosive Test Area
The ISIS Issue Brief notes that this emplacement "may be a high explosive testing bunker where explosives are detonated outside and assessed from inside the bunker. ... According to US officials, referenced in media accounts, the concern is that this bunker could be where Iran would test a full-scale mock-up of a nuclear explosive using natural or depleted uranium as a surrogate of a highly enriched uranium core." US classified imagery has vastly greater interpretablity than commercial imagery, and the US has obviously been watching this area more intently and for longer than is possible with commercial imagery. This is a singularly low signature emplacement. Commercial imagery does not readily establish the presence of a bunker of any type at this location.


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)
New Construction
The ISIS Issue Brief notes that "Some analysts have suggested that this site does involve tunneling associated with an underground full-scale nuclear weapon test." An examination of this imagery discloses nothing that would be associated with tunneling.


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)


(DigitalGlobe
13 August 2004)




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