News Brief – November 11, 2011
The photos below were used to backup recent claims that Iran has active nuclear weapons development program.
Google released overhead satellite images of two nuclear facilities at Arak and Natanz, which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claims have given rise to ‘serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme’.
The first image of Natanz (below), regarded as Iran’s biggest nuclear facility, was taken in 2010.
The IAEA claims second photo taken a year later shows changes in the roads at the site (highlighted below), which have been developed or removed, plus additional modifications to the landscape at the facility.
We leave you to decide whether these photos above constitute proof that Iran has been developing a detonator for a nuclear warhead, as the IAEA claims.
Other photos in the latest IAEA report show the heavy water production plant at Arak in 2010 and 2011.
The changes on the site are more obvious here with the appearance of new buildings and the removal of others.
The latest IAEA report claims that Iran is developing a nuclear warhead for a medium range ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel.
According to the IAEA’s report Iran is actively engaged in:
Clandestine procurement of equipment and design information needed to make a nuclear weapon;
High explosives testing and detonator development to set off a nuclear charge;
Computer modelling of a core of a nuclear warhead;
Preparatory work for a nuclear weapons test, and
Developing and mounting a nuclear payload onto its Shahab 3 intermediate range missile – a weapon that can reach Israel, Iran’s arch foe.