Fox News has obtained new satellite imagery showing unusual activity at Iran’s Sinjarian site, which has been exposed in the past as a suspected manufacturing site for a “shock wave generator” – devices that would allow Iran to miniaturize nuclear weapons.
New images obtained from Maxar show 18 vehicles at the site on October 15, 2020, and more vehicles and potholes alongside a new access road that was later covered in March of this year. All that can be seen by satellites now are new eddies and trenches, according to analysis by the Itai Bar Lev Institute, which worked jointly with the Institute for Science and International Security.
The site, located 25 miles outside of Tehran, was first revealed when Israel’s Mossad obtained Iran’s secret nuclear archive in 2018.
Israel says Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons continues. Now the International Atomic Energy Agency – frustrated by Iran’s lack of transparency – says it cannot rule it out.
During a crucial meeting of the board of directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, the United States accused Iran of violating the nuclear agreement that American negotiators are trying to bring back to the table.
“Since the last meeting, Iran has also bypassed the restrictions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to enrich uranium to 60 percent of uranium,” the US delegation said in a statement.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, issued a similar warning, and the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, “My expectations about this process have not been fulfilled, of course. We have a country that has a very advanced and ambitious nuclear program that enriches uranium at very high levels, and enriches uranium at very high levels very close.” from the level of weapon making.”
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency added that it was no longer possible to say with certainty that Iran was not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons, and reprimanded Tehran for failing to answer questions about the discovery of uranium particles at former undeclared nuclear sites.
“The Iranian government reiterated its desire to participate, cooperate and provide answers,” Grossi said. “But they haven’t done that yet. So I hope this will change, but as we talk, we haven’t made any concrete progress on any of the issues.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency has agreed to extend the monitoring arrangement for a month until after Iran’s presidential election, as US and Iranian negotiators prepare to sit down and try to broker a new nuclear deal.
A sixth round of indirect talks on returning to the JCPOA is scheduled for Thursday.
“We don’t know, at this point, whether Iran is willing and able to do what it needs to get back into compliance,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told US lawmakers. “I expect that even in the event of a return to JCPOA compliance, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place, including those imposed by the Trump administration. If they do not conflict with the JCPOA, they will remain until Iran changes.”