Russia Starts Advanced Construction On New Nuke Plant For Iran

From Washington Free Beacon:
Russia has begun advanced construction on a new Iranian nuclear plant that could provide Tehran with a second, plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon, according to regional reports that have rattled U.S. officials in the wake of a major disclosure showing Iran lied about its past efforts to construct nuclear warheads.

Russia’s state-controlled nuclear agency Rosatom announced that it has begun phase-two construction on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran, just one of several new nuclear sites that are being constructed under a multibillion-dollar agreement between the two countries.

Construction on the nuclear site kicked off just days after the Israeli government disclosed a cache of some 100,000 secret Iranian documents showing the regime lied about its past efforts to construct at least five nuclear warheads. This nuclear work was later archived and codified by Tehran so that it could continue such work secretly despite the enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal.

U.S. officials and regional experts said the new nuclear plant construction should be viewed with caution in the wake of Israel’s disclosure and place renewed focus by the international community on Iran’s clandestine efforts to use civilian nuclear sites to advance its weapons work.

On Thursday, Russia’s Rosatom announced “soil stabilization works under the reactor building of power unit No 2 commenced at Bushehr-2 NPP construction site,” according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled media outlets.

The nuclear work is being carried out under a 2014 agreement between Iran and Russia that paved the way for the construction of at least eight new nuclear sites, including the plant at Bushehr….

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