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Iran Building Secret Nuclear Site, Exiles Assert

Iran appears to be secretly building a new underground atomic facility in its eastern territory, an organization of Iranian exiles said on Thursday.

The 7-year-old facility consists of "a series of tunnels under a mountain near the town of Damavand," Agence France-Presse quoted the People's Mujahedin as saying in released comments. The group said it drew its conclusions from 50 substantiating sources.

"These revelations demonstrate once again that [Iran] has no intention of stopping or even suspending the development of a nuclear weapon," the organization added. Iran maintains its atomic efforts are strictly nonmilitary in nature. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it would "assess the information that has been provided, as we do with any new information we receive,” the London Telegraph reported.

One Western diplomatic official compared the allegation to a prior claim by the organization. "My first suspicion is that it is like the 2010 revelation -- a tunnel facility the Iranians are keeping quiet, but no known link to the nuclear program," the insider told Reuters.

Meanwhile, the five permanent U.N. Security Council member nations and Germany could confer next Tuesday on plans to engage with Iran in September, after the nation's next president is scheduled to take office, al-Monitor reported.

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