U.S. fears Iran will develop a nuclear bomb ‘under the radar’

(JNS.org) The United States is concerned that Iran would somehow be able to deceive the West and develop a nuclear weapon “under the radar,” and it is no longer certain that it would be able to learn of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s intentions to that effect ahead of time, Israel Hayom reported Sunday.

The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Credit: Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons.

Despite the West’s attempts to carefully monitor Iran’s nuclear progress, a senior Western source told Israel Hayom that Tehran’s accelerated uranium enrichment efforts and the fact that it has multiple secret enrichment sites were cause for concern.

The U.S., the source said, is “very concerned for Israel and its other allies in the Middle East.”

Israel, for its part, is concerned that Iran will use the nuclear negotiations to mask its attempt to reach military-grade nuclear capabilities, and Israeli and American officials are trying to devise ways to affect the next round of talks with Tehran, which have been tentatively set for September.

“One month after the Iranian elections, Tehran is showing no signs of tempering its nuclear ambitions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during his Sunday cabinet meeting.

“We believe that now, more than ever, in light of Iran’s nuclear progress it is important to intensify the economic sanctions imposed on it and put in place a credible military option,” he said.


Posted on July 15, 2013 .