In a further example of Iran‘s defiance to imposed sanctions, Reuters is reporting today that Iran has added more enrichment centrifuges to its underground Fordo complex. This news, which is probably no surprise to Israel‘s intelligence resources, further increases the chances that Israel will not wait long before moving forward to disable Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Update: Iran has added more then 1,000 new centrifuges. Previous attempts to slow down Iran’s nuclear program, such as cybertattacks (code named Olympic Games) has slowed, but not stopped its progress. All diplomatic negotiations have come to a halt.
“All the threats currently being directed against the Israeli home front are dwarfed” by Iran‘s nuclear ambitions said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in live comments broadcast Sunday by Israeli media. The comments were made after a Sunday Israeli cabinet meeting. Intelligence information recently surfaced and was reported in Israeli newspaper that U.S. and Israeli intelligence had received information that Iran was much farther along then had initially been believed in their efforts to develop a nuclear warhead. Also recent intelligence reports confirmed suspicions that Iran’s ballistic missile technology was also significantly advanced than had been believed.
Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of current efforts by international negotiators to convince Iran to stop uranium enrichment activities. It is Israel’s and others position that Iran has been planning to use their enrichment technology to secretly build a nuclear weapon and that sanctions will not be sufficient to prevent Iran from reaching this goal. While the U.S. has remained a staunch supporter of the sanctions route, they have conceded that this route has been unsuccessful in getting Iran to stop its activities. Confounding and delaying an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear targets are polls that suggest 64% of Israeli’s don’t want to see a preemptive strike, lack of a coordinated strike with the U.S. and concerns over similar attacks that could be launched on Israel’s Dimona reactor.
We have previously predicted an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities occurring sometime between August – September of this year. However, U.S. elections pressure could delay this prediction to Feb-April 2013.
Massive flooding has hit the city of Manilla, Phillipines with 33% of the capital underwater. Yesterday the government had reported 50% of the city was flooded but receding waters had brought the percentage down to 33% today. Torrential rains and resultant flooding has brought the flooding to crisis levels compounded by overflowing dams and waterways.