U.S., Israel plan for nuclear Iran


The U.S. and Israel are preparing secret plans to deal with a nuclear Iran.

London’s Sunday Telegraph reported Nov. 18 that the United States is updating deterrence policies for a future nuclear-armed Iran.

Both the United States and Israel are sticking publicly to their threats not to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, but they may have no choice since Iran has improved its ability to hide its nuclear facilities, the Telegraph reported.


The report comes on the heels of confirmation by the International Atomic Energy Agency, a U.N. nuclear watchdog, that Iran has 3,000 working centrifuges for uranium enrichment in the central city of Natanz.


At a security cabinet meeting a week ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told officials to draw up plans for dealing with a nuclear Iran, the paper reported.

Iran claims it is developing nuclear capability for civilian energy use only, but the United States and Israel say there is overwhelming intelligence that it is pursuing a weapons program.

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