Iran fine tunes its ‘Plan-B’ to make the N-Bomb

Iran fine tunes its ‘Plan-B’ to make the N-Bomb

Tehrān : Iran | Feb 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM PST
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A general view of a heavy water plant in Arak

Satellite images have revealed that, irrespective of world opinion, Iran is determined to go ahead with its plans to make the N-Bomb and is fine-tuning its ‘Plan-B’ as has been reported in of dated 27th of February 2013.

Iran’s ‘Plan-B’ is, apparently, to make ‘heavy-water’ which is necessary to operate a nuclear reactor that is capable of producing plutonium – this plutonium can, in turn, be used to manufacture the N-Bomb.

Satellite images have revealed a flurry of activities in the heavily guarded Arak heavy water plant which has been out-of-bounds for International inspectors for the last 18-months.

Some of the satellite images have reportedly shown plumes of smoke, probably steam, which is indicative of activities associated with heavy-water production.

Images of steam over the Arak heavy-water facility shows that Iran is pursuing the making of the N-Bomb via another route and is serious about it.

The Arak facility is situated at 150-miles south-west of Teheran and inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency have not been able to visit Arak since August-2011 and Iran has all along refused to share any information about it with IAEA.

The Arak complex is made up of two parts namely, the nuclear reactor and the heavy-water plant, and IAEA has been allowed access to only the nuclear reactor.

The surroundings of Arak are guarded by anti-aircraft missiles and artilleries and the missile defenses are concentrated towards the west to tackle long-range strikes from Israel.

In the opinion of the Institute for Science and International Security, a US think tank, once the heavy-water plant attains full capacity, it could have an annual yield 20-lb of plutonium – enough for two nuclear warheads.

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