Friday, March 9, 2012

US may attack Iran with new 'Great Weapon: Pentagon Official

The United States may use a new 13,600-kilogram bunker-buster bomb against Iran, reported on Thursday quoting the U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Herbert Carlisle as saying.
"The massive ordnance penetrator is a great weapon. We are continuing to improve that. It has great capability now and we are continuing to make it better,” Carlisle said on Thursday. “It is part of our arsenal and it will be a potential if we need it in that kind of scenario.”
Speaking at the conference on the U.S. defense programs, Carlisle said that the bomb was "a great weapon," specially designed to attack countries like Iran which have their nuclear facilities buried underground.
According to Carlisle, the 13,600-kilogram weapon was capable to smash through a 200- feet (65 meters) concrete bunker.
Iran’s ongoing development of its nuclear program has sparked calls for military strikes from the United States
and Israel prompting that diplomatic means of solving the nuclear dispute were running out.
In an interview with National Journal, the U.S. Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta said on Thursday that the United States would make more progress than Israel in case of a strike against Iran.
"If they [Israel] decided to do it there's no question that it would have an impact, but I think it's also clear that if the United States did it we would have a hell of a bigger impact," Panetta said.
Western powers and Israel suspect Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies this, saying its program is of a civilian nature.

US Government officials concerned over Iranian-made ‘smart concrete’
With tensions increasing between the United States and Iran, concerns have begun to arise over Iranian "smart concrete," which officials believe may be able to withstand US bunker busters should military operations become a reality.The government of Iran has garnered a lot of negative international attention in recent times. When the country’s outspoken President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, isn’t making provocative remarks to the media, the Islamic republic has come under increasing scrutiny over accusations of uranium enrichment for not-so-peaceful purposes. However, it appears that uranium may not be the only technology being developed by the Iranian’s that is causing American officials anxiety.
According to a recent article in the Economist, Iran happens to be good, very good, at developing what is known as “ultra-high performance concrete” (UHPC). Because of its geographical position, the county is under constant threat of earthquakes. The most devastating earthquake in recent memory occurred in the city of Bam, located in southern Iran, and claimed the lives of 30,000 people. As a result, Iranian engineers have developed – out of necessity – some of the toughest and most rigid building materials in the world.So how does Iranian concrete standout? Well, unlike conventional concrete, Iranian concrete is mixed with quartz powder and special fibers – transforming it into high performance concrete that can withstand higher pressure with increased rigidity. What this all translates to is excellent building material given the environment that has found peaceful applications like the construction of safer bridges, dams, tunnels, increasing the strength of sewage pipes, and even absorbing pollution.
Why so much fuss over Iranian concrete? According to the article, US defense secretary Leon Panetta is worried that should a conflict escalate, American bunker-busters may not be able to penetrate Iran’s deepest bunkers should UHPC be employed for military purposes.
And therein lays the issue with any dual-use technologies that carry both civilian and military applications. Technology like UHPC could be used to protect underground facilities from bombardment, which could pose a real headache for military endeavors into Iran.Of course should tensions continue to rise, military operations into Iran become a reality, and penetrating underground bunkers prove problematic, America’s Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) — an organization that has been investigating UHPC since 2008 – says that various other avenues could be explored such as deploying robotic warhead-carrying snakes, destroying electrical systems, or bombing entrances to these facilities shut. With any luck though, it won’t come to that.

Netanyahu: Attack on Iran ‘Not a Matter’ of Weeks But Also Not Years
Demands Iran Completely Abandon Enrichment of Uranium.Speaking on Israeli Channel 10, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted an attack on Iran would not happen within the next few “days or weeks,” but at the same time the war would not be put off for a matter of years either.
Panetta: US Attack on Iran Would Be Better Than Israel Doing It
'We Would Have a Hell of a Bigger Impact',In an interview today Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discussed the prospect of an Israeli attack on Iran, saying that Israel could “have an impact” with an attack but that he thought the US would “have a hell of a bigger impact.

Iran’s IAEA envoy says war threats violate UN Charter
Iran says the excessive warmongering rhetoric against the country and threats of a military strike on its nuclear facilities are in breach of the UN Charter and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s statute, Press TV


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