Report: Iran nuclear sites well-hidden from Israel, US (ISRAEL HAYOM) Israel Hayom Staff 03/29/12)
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Report authored by U.S. Congressional researchers asserts Iran has
many well hidden nuclear component workshops that, if missed in a
potential military strike, would allow Iran to fully rehabilitate its
post-strike nuclear program with relative speed.
A recent report authored by U.S. Congressional researchers suggests
that neither Israel nor the U.S. know the location of every nuclear-
related facility in Iran, complicating a potential military strike
aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Bloomberg reported
According to the report, Iran’s “workshops” - where nuclear
components, including centrifuges, are produced - are widely
dispersed and hidden.
The report, compiled by The Congressional Research Service, was based
on interviews with unnamed “current and former U.S. government
officials familiar with the issue,” Bloomberg reported.
The fact that the location, or the very existence of certain
facilities, eludes Israeli and American intelligence diminishes the
ability to accurately assess the success of a potential military
strike, the analysts argued in the report.
Middle Eastern affairs specialist Jim Zanotti, one of the report’s
authors, argued that if an attack on Iran were to spare
its “conversion and centrifuge production facilities,” it would
greatly reduce the amount of time Iran would require to fully
rehabilitate its nuclear program.
Though assessments on a post-strike Iranian recovery period vary
wildly, the analysts cited an unnamed official as saying that “Iran
probably could rebuild or replicate most centrifuge workshops within
This report comes as disagreements have arisen between Israel and the
U.S. regarding the timing and necessity of an attack on Iran’s
nuclear facilities. According to defense officials on both sides of
the debate, Israel is concerned that delaying an attack beyond what
it calls the “zone of immunity” – the point after which it would
become impossible for Israel to stop Iran from building a nuclear
bomb – would strip it of its independence and make it reliant on the
U.S. for defense against the Iranian threat. U.S. officials, however,
have voiced their desire to postpone the potential attack in order to
allow diplomatic and economic pressures to take effect, and possibly
eliminate the need for a military attack. The U.S. feels that its
superior military capability obviates Israel’s “zone of immunity,” as
it would be able to carry out an effective attack at a much later
stage. U.S. officials have insisted repeatedly that an Israeli
attempt to carry out an independent attack would fail.
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