Cox & Forkum: Saber Rattling
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iranâ€™s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, according to a report in the Sunday Times of London.The paper cites several Israeli military sources saying that two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear â€œbunker-busters.â€
The Israeli Foreign Ministry denied the report.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office said it would not respond to the story. …
According to the Sunday Times, under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open â€œtunnelsâ€ into the targets. â€œMini-nukesâ€ would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
â€œAs soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,â€ said one of the sources.
The plans, disclosed to The Sunday Times last week, have been prompted in part by the Israeli intelligence service Mossadâ€™s assessment that Iran is on the verge of producing enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons within two years.
Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70 feet of concrete and rock.
However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.
Has the NUCLEAR â€œPOINT OF NO RETURNâ€ been reached?
Will the United States aid Israel?
The Sunday Times: Focus: Mission Iran
Israel will not tolerate Iran going nuclear and military sources say it will use tactical strikes unless Iran abandons its programme. Is Israel bluffing or might it really push the button?
Iranian top nuclear envoy Ali Larijani said in a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao Friday that Iran is committed to peaceful use of nuclear technology.
â€œWe oppose obtaining nuclear weapons and we will peacefully use nuclear technology under the framework of the Nonproliferation Treaty,â€ he said. â€œBut,â€ he warned, â€œif we are threatened, the situation may change.â€
Israel’s Foreign Ministry is denying a British newspaper report that claims Jerusalem has drafted plans for a low-level nuclear strike on Iran to wipe out its uranium enrichment facilities using nuclear-tipped “bunker busters.”