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Israeli National Security Chief: Attacks on the new Iranian nuclear facility are still possible

By 05/23/2023 2:37 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


The national security adviser for the Israeli government stated on Tuesday that an Iranian nuclear site currently under construction would not be safe from assault, despite estimates from experts that it would be out of the range of last-ditch U.S. bunker-busting bombs.

The Associated Press reported that the new facility looks to be as deep as 100 meters (328 feet) below the earth.

Tzachi Hanegbi responded to the report by making these remarks.

Hanegbi said he was not surprised by the claim while addressing a security conference close to Tel Aviv, stressing that Iran has other underground facilities.

He admitted that the facility’s position would make any prospective military attack on it more difficult, but he insisted that there are still ways to overcome the difficulty.

There is no area that cannot be reached as far as this issue is concerned, he remarked.

He would not disclose whether Israel was able to accomplish this on its own.

“We hope we won’t get to a situation where the answer to the story of a nuclear weapon in Iran is a kinetic solution, a solution involving an attack,” he added, adding that Israel would like to see the international standoff with Iran addressed by diplomatic methods.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often stated that he will not permit Iran to build a nuclear weapon because Iran is seen as Israel’s biggest opponent.

He has argued that real military options should be available alongside international diplomacy and given hints that Israel would be willing to attack Iran on its own if required.

Iran has been building tunnels close to the Natanz nuclear station, which has been the target of numerous sabotage efforts over the years, according to images and videos of Iran’s new facility from Planet Labs PBC.

According to experts and the AP’s investigation, the facility may lie between 80 meters (260 feet) and 100 meters (328 feet) underground based on the site’s excavation mounds.

Although Iranian officials increasingly publicly discuss their ability to develop nuclear weapons, the Islamic Republic continues to deny that it is doing so.

The installation makes it more difficult for the West to prevent Iran from possibly manufacturing an atomic bomb while negotiations over its nuclear program continue.

This is because Iran is now producing uranium close to weapons-grade levels as a result of the failure of its nuclear deal with international powers.

Five years after then-President Donald Trump abruptly removed America from the nuclear agreement, work began.

Since then, Iran has increased its uranium enrichment much more than was permitted by the agreement.

From there, according to experts, it will only take a little time to enrich uranium to a level suitable for use in weapons.

Nuclear bomb production requires uranium enrichment, which is a crucial step.

According to Israeli analysts, Iran would require up to an extra two years to establish the capability to deliver and explode a warhead.

Israel is closely monitoring Iran’s nuclear development, according to Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, who spoke at the same conference and reaffirmed that the military is ready to intervene if necessary.

He stated that there could be unpleasant events in the future that would prompt action. “We are competent.

Others have abilities, which is a very vital and serious issue.


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