JERUSALEM, Israel -- Iranian authorities have begun transferring an estimated 3,000 centrifuges to the Fowdrow facility inside a mountain near Qom, Britain's Telegraph reported on Thursday.
According to the report, the secure facility would protect the core of Iran's nuclear program from air attacks.
Olli Heinonen, former head of the U.N.'s nuclear inspection program, told the Telegraph the Islamic Republic is moving ever closer to "becoming a nuclear weapons capable state."
Iran insists that its nuclear program is solely for energy production and medical research.
Earlier this month, Tehran announced its plans to triple the production of 20 percent enriched uranium to fuel a medical research facility.
"Our Supreme Leader has explained that the production and use of atomic weapons is wrong, not only in terms of foreign policy but on religious grounds," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told participants at a conference on nuclear power in Vienna.
In June, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards conducted "Great Prophet 6," 10 days of war games in which they test fired surface-to-air missiles "designed for U.S. and the Zionist regime [Israel's] bases in the region."
Ynet news contributed to this report.