Smiling for the cameras, Ahmadinejad, the Iranian hard-line president, planted an olive tree as asymbol for celebration of â€œPlantation Dayâ€ in Iran on Monday, March 6. The same day in Lavizan Natural Park located in north of Tehran, security forces under his command managed to cut down and remove over 7000 trees overnight, Iranian dailies reported. What did those trees do?
The trees were removed from the root by bulldozers in order to cover-up extensive nuclear activities in Lavizan nuclear plant.
Lavizan was a clandestine military nuclear site revealed in 2003 by Iranian dissidents. However, right after the revelation and before IAEA managed to have access to it, the site was completely wiped out, and even six inches of earth was removed to conceal the real extent of the activities there. Satellite before and after images show how extensive this cover-up was.
With all the work that was done, test by Iranian scientist recently showed high traces of enriched uranium in the leaves and branches of trees in the area.
Lavizan nuclear site was located at a corner of military site surrounded by natural parkland.