Expert says Iran able to rebuild its entire nuclear facilities even if they are destroyed

Nuclear Program Materials 23 March 2012 09:20 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 23/ Trend S. Isayev/

Iran has developed such knowledge and expertise that even if its entire nuclear facilities are destroyed, it can rebuild them, Professor of chemical engineering in Southern California University, Muhammad Sahimi told Trend.

The expert was commenting on the latest statement of former IAEA head Mohamed El-Baradei about a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Sahimi noted that Iran would be able to rebuild its nuclear facilities because the country has developed a home-grown scientific and technological base for it.

Yesterday Bloomberg quoted the former IAEA head Mohamed El-Baradei, who said that Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would only persuade the Islamic republic to build a nuclear arsenal.

Israel accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons and hasn't ruled out a military strike to head off further development. The U.S. and European Union have tightened sanctions in an effort to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment and allow international inspections of its program, which it insists is for peaceful purposes.

El-Baradei said Western countries need Iran to help stabilize a region dealing with conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

In 2011, El-Baradei said in a new published report that he had not seen "a shred of evidence" that Iran was "building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials".