This image provided by NASA shows the Strait of Hormuz taken from the International Space Station in Sept. 30, 2003. An Iranian newspaper quotes a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Sunday Jan. 8, 2012 as saying that Tehran’s leadership has decided to order the closure of the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if the country’s oil exports are blocked. (AP Photo/NASA)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper reported Sunday in another show of defiance against Western pressure to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program.
The operations at the bunker-like facility south of Tehran, reported by the Kayhan daily newspaper, are small in comparison to Iran’s main enrichment site. But the centrifuges at the underground labs are considered more efficient and are shielded from aerial surveillance and protected against airstrikes by up to 300 feet (90 meters) of mountain rock.
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