Iranian Students Form Human Shield Near Nuclear Site Amid Fears of Israeli Attack

Protesters chant 'Death to Israel' and 'Death to America' in demonstration near Isfahan uranium conversion plant in central Iran.

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Hundreds of students on Tuesday formed a human chain around the uranium conversion plant in central Iran, in a demonstration staged by students to show that Iranians were ready to sacrifice their lives if the nuclear sites were attacked by Israel.

It followed a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that accused Iran of using its nuclear technology to seek atomic warheads. Israel also threatened to attack the Islamic state's nuclear sites.

The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant is seen, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.Credit: AP

After holding a noon prayer session in front of the plant's main gate, students from Isfahan universities shouted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America." They vowed to resist in the event of an attack.

The plant in Isfahan and the neighboring uranium enrichment plant of Natanz are two probable targets of a possible Israeli air raid.

Other potential targets are the heavy reactor site of Arak, also in central Iran; a new enrichment site at Fordo south of the capital Tehran; the nuclear power plant in southern Bushehr and the medical reactor in western Tehran.

A senior lawmaker said the parliament would hold a special session next week to reconsider the country's cooperation with the IAEA.

"The parliament will next week debate the various aspects of reviewing cooperation with the IAEA," foreign policy committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

Tehran dismissed the charges in the IAEA report as politically motivated and accused the UN nuclear watchdog of having turned into a political tool of its arch-foes Israel and the U.S.

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