Sunday, April 03, 2005

Iran Guards Natanz site with Anti-Aircraft Batteries

The Middle East News Line:
Iran has deployed a network of anti-aircraft batteries around its declared uranium enrichment plant.

At least 10 surface-to-air missile batteries were seen around the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, located about 250 kilometers south of Teheran. The batteries were seen during a tour by journalists of Natanz, the first conducted by Iran's government.

Officials said the Soviet-origin anti-aircraft batteries were meant to protect Natanz from an Israeli or U.S. air attack. The Bushehr nuclear reactor complex has also been ringed by surface-to-air missiles. ...