Israel says Iran can launch 4 nukes with the current uranium reserve, all of them capable of reaching US.
Tel Aviv / NationalTurk – Israel’s military intelligence chief has announced that Iranian scientists have already managed to enrich enough radioactive material to successfully produce four nuclear bombs ready to be launched and can reach US soil.
Israeli General Aviv Kochavi broke the news at a security conference. The intelligence believes Iran nuclear program is a year short of producing a crude device and two of manufacturing a nuclear warhead attached on a ballistic missile.
Israel on Iran Nukes : The pot calling the kettle black
Not sharing the nuclear arsenal Israel already has at its immediate disposal, the Israeli Deputy PM also claimed Aviv Kochavi claims confidently : “Iran is very actively pursuing its efforts to enhance its nuclear capacities, and we have evidence that they are seeking nuclear weapons.” However, no actual evidence was demonstrated or even referred to at the press conference.
Israel : Iran can hit USA with nukes with new missiles
The Israeli Deputy PM also claimes that Iran has also succeeded in building a new model long-range missile capable of putting the USA within its reach. Moshe Ya’alon, who had just returned from Washington where he discussed the Iran conflict with President Obama’s administration, chose to echo Kochavi’s words of warning, saying “The Israeli government will stop Iran one way or another.”
These latest statements are very much in line with the position of Israel and its allies who are accusing Iran of using its nuclear industry to mask plans to develop nuclear arms, a charge Tehran government officially has frequently and vehemently denied.
Attack on Iran : When ?
Israel, backed by its key ally the United States, has long pushed for tougher sanctions against Iran. Top level officials in both Tel Aviv and Washington DC have recently said they do not rule out a military attack against the Islamic Republic.
As sparks continue to fly around the powder keg of Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions, the Middle Eastern state is not playing dead either. A defiant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Thursday that the country is planning to double its military spending over the next year; a sign that is being interpreted by many as “taking a stand” against pressure from the West.
The United States and their NATO allies are also flexing their muscles, with recent transfers of US fighter jets and other military planes to the region. Troops have also been reportedly arriving at various American military bases in the Persian Gulf, with another ten thousand soldiers recently transferred to Israel – allegedly to test the US anti-ballistic missile defense system.
Persian Gulf : Waters heating, war drums beating
On top of that, two additional US Navy aircraft carriers – the USS Abraham Lincoln and Carl Vinson – are on patrol in the Persian Gulf and are expected to be joined by the USS Enterprise in March. The USS Annapolis, a nuclear submarine, was earlier reported to have entered the Red Sea and is rumored to be heading towards the Persian Gulf through Hurmuz Strait as well.
Together with the US military bases already established in the region – for example, the 5th Fleet, stationed in Bahrain – all of this is interpreted by many pundits as nothing shy of intimidation, and some experts believe the US is trying to provoke Iran into making the first move, which Us and Israel are waiting for.