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Tehran's underground HQ 'revealed'
March 13, 2006


VIENNA: Iran's leaders have built a secret underground emergency command centre in Tehran as they prepare for a confrontation with the West over their illicit nuclear program, London's Sunday Telegraph reported yesterday.

The complex in the north of the capital was designed to serve as a bolthole and headquarters for the country's rulers as military tensions mount, the newspaper said.

The report claimed the complex was part of the regime's plan to move more of its operations beneath the ground.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has developed underground sites across the country for research and development on nuclear and rocket programs.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran learnt about the complex from its contacts within the regime, the paper said. The same network revealed in 2002 that Iran had been operating a secret nuclear program for 18 years.

The underground constructions across the country were designed to hide activities from satellites and international inspections but also reflected a growing belief in Tehran that its showdown with the international community could end in air strikes by the US or Israel, the paper said.

Russia at the weekend proposed that new talks on Iran's nuclear program take place on March 20, preferably in Vienna, in what diplomats characterised as an effort to head off a showdown this week at the UN Security Council.

A Western diplomat said Moscow was seeking high-level talks with the US, China, France and Britain -- the other four permanent members of the Security Council. The Russians also wanted the participation of International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ElBaradei and of Germany.

The diplomat said Moscow's emphasis on talks outside New York was an attempt to take the focus off Security Council deliberations on how to cajole Iran into reimposing a freeze on uranium enrichment and fully co-operating with an IAEA probe of its suspect nuclear program.

AP


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