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In Iran, Fordow Nuclear Plant Virtually Sacred Ground

Iran has no plans to close Fordow.

FORDOW, Iran — In the heart of the desert on the road to the Shiite holy city of Qom, Iran secretly built a nuclear facility called Fordow a number of years ago. It is an underground enrichment plant constructed on a former Revolutionary Guards’ base that stirred controversy when its existence was announced by the Iranians in 2009.

Although the facility is located beside the tiny town of Fordow, the Fordow River and the Fordow mountains, this is not the reason behind the name of the facility. Rather, it is because the village of Fordow had the highest percentage of fighters killed in the eight-year Iraq-Iran War, or what’s known there as the Sacred Defense Era. Linking the site to such an important point in Iran’s collective history adds to its significance in the Iranian consciousness in one respect, but not the most important one.

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