United Nations inspectors have found sophisticated uranium-enrichment machinery at an air force base outside Iran’s capital, Tehran, U.S. and foreign sources with knowledge of the discovery say. The find at Doshen-Tappen air base appears to undermine Iran’s claim it is not pursuing a nuclear bomb. The discovery may strengthen calls for action by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog. The IAEA would not comment Wednesday, nor would the Bush administration. However, a source with knowledge of the find at the base said the Iranians had constructed and tested a gas-centrifuge system there. Such a system is used to refine uranium for nuclear reactors or bombs. There was no indication any uranium had been inserted or enriched. Iran has long been suspected of seeking nuclear bombs and is building a reactor with the help of Russia. The United States has questioned why Iran needs nuclear power, since it has the world’s fifth-largest oil reserves. Full Story
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