The paper reports that communication intercepts revealed that Iran only planned to place 3,000 centrifuges in the plant. It would take that number of centrifuges twenty years to produce enough low-enriched uranium for a civilian power plant. But 3,000 centrifuges would produce enough weapons-grade uranium for two to three bombs a year.
Qom is due to be inspected by UN inspectors on Sunday and now that its existence is know it is highly unlikely that the Iranians would continue to use it for military purposes. However, the existence of the Qom plant indicates that there are probably other secret facilities elsewhere in Iran. Any attempt to stop Iran’s clandestine nuclear programme will require knowing where those facilities are.