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diumenge, 7 de gener de 2007

L'atac israelià contra l'Iran contempla l'ús d'armes nucelars tàctiques

L'atac d'Israel a les instal·lacions atòmiques iranianes es farà amb armes convencionals i amb bombes nuclears tàctiques. Segons publica "The Sunday Times", els plans d'atac ja estan elaborats després d'haver definit els tres objectius principals: Natanz, Isfahan i Arak.


ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.

The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.

Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.

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Israel has identified three prime targets south of Tehran which are believed to be involved in Iran’s nuclear programme:

- Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges are being installed for uranium enrichment

- A uranium conversion facility near Isfahan where, according to a statement by an Iranian vice-president last week, 250 tons of gas for the enrichment process have been stored in tunnels

- A heavy water reactor at Arak, which may in future produce enough plutonium for a bomb

ADDENDA.- Sembla que hi ha seriosos dubtes sobre la fiabilitat d'aquesta informació, segons recull Pajamas Media:


UPDATE: The Reporter Who Cried Wolf?

PJM Middle East Editor Allison Kaplan Sommer reports:

Anyone reading the Sunday Times story and is waiting for the nukes to start dropping any moment can take a deep breath and relax. There are several reasons to doubt that such an attack is truly imminent or even imaginable.

First and foremost - one must consider the source of this story. The Sunday Times journalist in question Uzi Mahnaimi, is a controversial figure, who co-authored a book with Bassam Abu Sharif, former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat and PLO press officer.
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