In an effort to show Israel and other ally states that it is capable of
striking Iran's nuclear plants, the US has recently conducted a test of
its bunker buster bomb, destroying a replica of an underground nuclear
facility, Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Friday.
nuclear facility replica, that cost millions of dollars to build, was
made of concrete and buried under dozens of feet of dirt and rocks, Yediot reported.
results of the test were reported to the US's ally states, among them
Israel, to show that Washington is serious about its intentions to
strike Tehran's nuclear facilities, and to demonstrate its ability to
specifically target Iran’s underground Fordow uranium enrichment plant
near the city of Qom.
At a joint news conference
last week with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, US Secretary
of State John Kerry said Iran needs to understand that international
patience was waning over the nuclear program that Tehran says is meant
for peaceful purposes.
"Every month that goes by gets more dangerous," Kerry said.
Iranian nuclear question remains critical to all of us," Kerry said.
"We will continue to consult and to work very closely with Germany and
all of our P5+1 partners on the next steps that are based on our
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Washington had upgraded its bunker buster bomb.
state of the art GBU-57 B bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance
Penetrator (MOP), is 30,000 pounds (13,608 kg.) and has recently been
upgraded with “adjusted fuses to maximize its burrowing power, upgraded
guidance systems to improve its precision and hi-tech equipment intended
to allow it to evade Iranian air defenses in order to reach and destroy
the Fordow nuclear enrichment complex,” according to the Journal.
Each MOP bomb costs $3.5 million to manufacture and its development cost half a billion dollars, according to Yediot.
According to the Journal,
US officials have previously showed video footage to their Israeli
counterparts of an earlier version of the bunker buster in action and
explained the advanced features that have been added.
displays the bomb hitting the ground near its target and setting off a
massive underground explosion, sources told the Journal.
defense officials have recently assured their Israeli counterparts that
cuts imposed at the beginning of the year to the American defense
system will not affect preparations made towards a possible strike in
Iran, Yediot reported.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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