Gchine Coverup Part 3: Involvement of Amad and MOD

June 9, 2022

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear


David Albright and Sarah Burkhard


Institute for Science and International Security

Documents in the Iran Nuclear Archive expose how in 2003/2004, top level Iranian nuclear and military officials secretly transferred control of the Amad Plan’s Gchine mine and uranium concentration plant from the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), providing a civilian cover story for the facility, at the time Iran’s only domestic uranium mine and mill. Archive documents place Gchine as built and initially operated under the MODAFL as part of the Amad Plan to produce uranium ore concentrate for the initial steps in Iran’s production of weapon-grade uranium. The record establishes that the AEOI has falsely declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the Gchine mine and mill was a civilian facility under its supervision and has used falsified Iranian official documentation to support the claim. This case illustrates Iran’s efforts, many of which are on-going, to deceive the IAEA about its nuclear activities.


Read the rest of the report at the Institute for Science and International Security.