JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran said it will begin construction on two new uranium enrichment sites in the mountains.
Construction on the nuclear facilities will begin next month, the chairman of Iran’s atomic energy organization said Monday.
Ali Akbar Saleh said during an interview with the Iranian News agency ISNA that the facilities will have a similar production capacity as the Natanz facility’s thousands of centrifuges. Saleh said a new kind of centrifuge will be used, according to reports.
It would be difficult for an attack on the site dug into the mountains.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned in an interview published in a Spanish newspaper Monday that a pre-emptive Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would lead to "disaster in the entire region."
"This would have unforeseeable consequences that I would not even want to imagine," he said.
Erdogan said the dispute with Iran over its nuclear program must be resolved through diplomatic channels.