In Violation of the NPT

Today, state-controlled Iranian TV channel presstv surprisingly refers to a New York Times article by William J. Broad, John Markoff and David E. Sanger on a close collaboration of US American and Israeli experts at Israel’s nuclear site Dimona when developing the Stuxnet computer malware. It is generally held that Stuxnet has already caused tremendous damage to hundreds of uranium centrifuges in Natanz in Central Iran.

Stuxnet malware targets frequency converter drives. A, well, somewhat cute video has been produced by Symantec, see above.

Meir Dagan, Mossad’s outgoing chief has recently conceded that Iran might be another four years behind its capability of manufacturing an atomic bomb. In The New York Times, Broad et al. write,

“The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.

“Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own.” (Emphasis added.)

President Obama, when asked by former Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas, who has recently been fired for anti-Semitic rants, whether he knew of any country in the Middle East possesses nuclear weapons he responded that he won’t “speculate.”

Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Its former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had indirectly admitted in 2006 that it possesses nuclear weapons. International estimates are about 400 nuclear warheads, including thermonuclear.  Israel is the main obstacle for a nuclear-weapon free Middle East. To collaborate in Israel’s nuclear program is, for an NPT member state, a blatant violation of probably even Article I of the treaty.

What Broad et al. describe in The New York Times is a scenario where, at Dimona, P-1 centrifuges were tested in order to develop the malware. P-1 centrifuges had illicitly been sold by Pakistan’s father of its nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan to North Korea, Libya and, well, Iran. While the alleged nuclear collaboration of Israel with the Americans had already been launched under President G.W. Bush who had, also according to the New York Times, authorized a covert program to sabotage the electrical and computer systems in Natanz in early 2008, this program was apparently sped up when Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

Last modified January 16, 2011.

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