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Written by The Informed Aussie
Published on Sunday, November 13th, 2011
These are the satellite images being used by the UN to claim that facilities at two Iranian cities may be used to develop nuclear weapons. Satellite images of Arak and Natanz show changes to the facilities in the areas when compared with images taken in October 2010.
These pictures were released by Google following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which expressed ‘serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme’.
The IAEA report released earlier this week states that while some activities in Iran have civilian as well as military applications, others are ‘specific to nuclear weapons’. There were indications in the dossier that the country had conducted detonator development, as well as high explosives testing and electronic modelling of a nuclear warhead core. The IAEA report, which ‘completely discredits’ the Islamic nation’s protestations of innocence, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague, cites preparatory work for a nuclear weapons test.
Development of an intermediate-range nuclear payload capable of reaching Israel is also in progress, according to the report.
Natanz, which features a Fuel Enrichment Plant and Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant at its site, has been described as ‘the facility at the heart of Iran’s dispute with the UN’.
It was revealed earlier this week that Israel could launch military action against Iran before Christmas, in a bid to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon.
Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites ‘sooner rather than later’ – with logistical support from the U.S.
A senior Foreign Office figure has revealed that ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action, adding: ‘We’re expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year.’
Officials believe President Barack Obama would have to support the Israelis or risk losing vital Jewish-American support in the next presidential election.
In recent weeks, Ministry of Defence sources confirmed that contingency plans have been drawn up in the event that the UK decided to support military action.
Source: Mail Online