US Rehearses Bombing Iran If Diplomacy Fails
The U.S. Air Force has been rehearsing bombing Iran’s underground nuclear facility if diplomacy and negotiations by the world power fails. The rehearsal has been conducted for three times already within this year and has been using B-2 stealth bomber, each time dropping one of the world’s largest bombs to a mock target on the ground.
According to military sources, bombing Iran’s nuclear facility is just an option if the nuclear deal fails.
On Wednesday, a group of American security advisers – of which five have ties with president Barack Obama’s first term – warned that the nuclear deal being negotiated by world powers with Iran “falls short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a good agreement.”
The deadline for negotiation is set on June 30.
Ready to bomb Iran’s underground nuclear facility
The U.S. Air Force is conducting trial runs of attacking Iran should the nuclear deals failed to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Politico said in its exclusive report. Three rehearsals has already been conducting within 2015 and each rehearsal involved B-2 stealth bomber dropping one of the world’s largest bomb to a mock target. The bombs are cylindrical in shape, 20 feet long, designed with high-performance steel and weighs 15 tons, Politico said in its report. The bomb or the Massive Ordnance Penetrator is capable of supersonic speed when dropped from a height of 20,000 feet. It can burrow deep through the ground before detonating its 6,000 pounds of high explosives.
The MOP was designed with eye on Russia, Iraq and North Korea, according to the report. However, the focus has shifted to Iran’s nuclear facility that was built 250 deep into a mountain, in a location south of Tehran.
The MOP rehearsals were mind-boggling, according to a Pentagon official who has spoken with Politico.
Col Ed Thomas, spokesman for Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen Martin Dempsey refused to confirm the bomb testing. But should the Iran nuclear deal fail, “we maintain military options,” he told Politico.
Iran nuclear deal at risk of failing
On Wednesday, a group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy experts penned an open letter warning Mr Obama of the possible failure of the U.S. policy toward the Iran nuclear negotiations.
“The agreement will not prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapons capability. It will not require the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear enrichment infrastructure,” the letter reads. The deal will only reduce nuclear infrastructure for the next 10 to 15 years the letter said.
“The agreement does not purport to be a comprehensive strategy towards Iran. It does not address Iran’s support for terrorist organizations (like Hezbollah and Hamas), its interventions in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen (its ‘regional hegemony’), its ballistic missile arsenal, or its oppression of its own people. The U.S. administration has prioritized negotiations to deal with the nuclear threat, and hopes that an agreement will positively influence Iranian policy in these other areas,” the group of experts wrote in the letter.
“Even granting this policy approach, we fear that the current negotiations, unless concluded along the lines outlined in this paper and buttressed by a resolute regional strategy, may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement,” they said.
June 30 deadline set
The U.S. and other world powers have set a June 30 deadline to reach an agreement with Iran. However, on Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei vocally rejected the terms and agreement set by U.S. He particularly rejected inspection of Iran’s nuclear facility. He demanded that in the event that an agreement is signed, all economic, financial and banking sanctions imposed on Iran should be lifted simultaneously.
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