Iran reactivates Fordow uranium enrichment plant, advances towards nuclear weapon capacity

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has announced that the Fordow uranium enrichment plant will restart production using 1,044 centrifuges on Wednesday, Nov. 5, further rolling back the 2015 nuclear accord, A day earlier, the head of Iran’s nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi, disclosed that enrichment had been substantially accelerated by the activation of 60 of the equally banned extra-fast centrifuges. Rouhani stressed that all the steps Iran has taken in violation of its obligations under the accord with six signatories were reversible – depending on all of them complying with their commitments within two months. 

The suggestion was that President Donald Trump must backtrack on his decision last May to take the US out of the accord, although he left the door open for negotiations with Tehran on revisions. The other signatories are required to compensate Iran for the damage to its economy.
DEBKAfile’s sources judge the activation of advanced centrifuges in the Fordow underground enrichment plant near the holy town of Qom to be the most substantial step Tehran has taken thus far in response to the US exit and the tough sanctions the Trump administration has imposed on Iran’s oil exports. If it goes forward as threatened, Iran’s nuclear program will in short order – maybe in the space of two or three months – be able to ramp up its stock of enriched uranium sufficiently to approach a quantity of nuclear weapons grade fuel.

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70 thoughts on “Iran reactivates Fordow uranium enrichment plant, advances towards nuclear weapon capacity

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:03 at 11:03
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    Time to HIT , Daisy

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 23:56 at 23:56
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      Guess who they will hit back at?

      That’s right. Well done. You got it in one.

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 10:05 at 10:05
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      hiçbir müslüman ülkenin nükleer silahı olmasınki işgal edip sömüresiz değilmi alçak siyonistler peki sizin 500 adet nükleer silahınız dimona nükleer tesisiniz ne olacak sizin iklim afet silahlarınız ne olacak alçaklar

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:15 at 11:15
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    So to summarize, Israel gets America to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran and Europe refuses to honor its commitment under the deal to ensure that Iran is able to sell its oil and reap the benefits like a normal country. Iran says that this means that if the European countries are no longer willing to guarantee Irans benefits under the deal as they had committed to then Iran will slowly start to withdraw from the deal. After all sticking to a deal when all the other participants are not keeping there wors is pointless. So now the only nuclear state in the region that also has ICBM’s is unhappy with the situation. How dare Iran develop technology that may one day allow it to do the same as Israel.

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:26 at 11:26
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      If Iran reach the red line of Capability to making a bomb before US election, Trump will lose.

      • Nov 5, 2019 @ 12:16 at 12:16
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        Reza

        Trump will bomb the Mahdi out of Iran before it gets near a NUKE

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:47 at 4:47
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          REZA that is what trump and the IAF will do

        • Nov 7, 2019 @ 9:03 at 9:03
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          Believe you me. If Trump, Obama or Bush could safely and without risk bomb iran, they would have done 100 times by now. There will be serious consequences for the American military personel, world economy and the persian gulf southern states, if they shoot a sigle missile

      • Nov 5, 2019 @ 14:13 at 14:13
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        @Reza, The Only Ones Losing Are The Persian People Ever Since 632 CE & 1979 Shiia Regime. The Mideast Will Go Nuclear With Atomic Clouds That The Shiia Won’t Fly To Paradise! The West Will Win As Always!

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:37 at 11:37
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      ” So now the only nuclear state in the region that also has ICBM’s is unhappy with the situation. How dare Iran develop technology that may one day allow it to do the same as Israel.”

      @ “Hypocrisy?”,

      You left out one important point:
      Israel has never threatened to use nuclear weapons against any other country while Iran has publicly and repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map.

      • Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:47 at 11:47
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        Its a figure of speech in reference to the Zionist States ideology of racial superiority (racism). Iran has the largest Jewish community outside Israel in the Middle East. Its thousands of years old so i don’t believe that they have any problems with Jews, rather thay have an issue with the racist colonialism that is currently being undertaken.

        • Nov 5, 2019 @ 17:46 at 17:46
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          There us a bigger jewish community in my house than in Iran….

          • Nov 6, 2019 @ 0:06 at 0:06
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            No.
            The Bazaars, Universities, jewelery stores, law offices, real estate agencies, carpet stores, furniture stores, appliance stores, hispitals, dental offices, accounting houses, and a hundred other places are full of Jewish people. There are probably 200 thousand jews in Iran. The official count 8f 20,000 or so is just the people that attend synagogues regularly.

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 0:01 at 0:01
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          They don’t even have a problem with Israel.

          But they have to have a credible threat to prevent their skies filling up with B52s — since they can’t really hit America, they propose to flatten Israel as their 2nd strike.

          So far it has worked to prevent the US from bombing them. It’s likely to continue to work.

          • Nov 6, 2019 @ 0:16 at 0:16
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            It works also because it benefits the US and Likud.

            It helps the US because it promotes Chaos and division, which is absolutely necessary to prevent the consolidation of Asia. Imagine what would happen if there wasn’t theconstant threat of a Second Holocaust — there would be Israeli banks and malls and hospitals and hotels and IT companies and a hundred other thibgs all over the Middle East. The Jews would integrate and blend in as they have all over the wprld for millenia ….. and the US would lose it’s beachhead if it had to insert a million man army into the oilfields.

            It also benefits Likud because when the Israelis worry about invasion and annihilation they vote more to the Right — Not8ce that the recent thaw in relations between Israel and thw Sunni Arabs cost Netanyahu his seat.

            So 8t benefits Iran, the US and Likud and the dysfunctional hatefest continues

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:08 at 2:08
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          Wrong

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:10 at 2:10
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          Not true

      • Nov 5, 2019 @ 12:09 at 12:09
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        Has not Israel threatened to wipe Europe off the map if it loses David? The Samson Option for the nuclear attack on Europe and the Middle East shows the Jewish mindset of abject cruelty and violence towards all other races. Jews can’t be trusted with nuclear weapons as they have psychological issues that they first need to address. Until Jews are willing to accept that its there actions that cause people to dislike them they are not mature enough to have their own state or nuclear weapons.

        • Nov 5, 2019 @ 14:38 at 14:38
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          I think you are the one with psychological issues. Israel has never threatened to nuke Europe or anyone else for that matter. Why would they nuke Europe?

        • Nov 5, 2019 @ 14:41 at 14:41
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          @Defects… The Samson Option Is Defensive Retribution Not Offensive First Strike. Only Iran Has Shouted, “Death To Nations”, But Not Since President Trump Election? In Any Event, Israel Will Prevail & Arabia Will Acquire Nukes As Well!

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:11 at 2:11
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          Not true

          • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:13 at 2:13
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            I am sorry about my last comments here. Somehow Debka posted them in the wrong place.

          • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:29 at 2:29
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            Don’t worry Jay, they were too brief and lacking in substance to bother with — no-one took them seriously, and there is thus nothing to be sorry about.

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:34 at 12:34
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          “Has not Israel threatened to wipe Europe off the map if it loses David?”

          @ “Jewish psychological defects” ,

          No, they haven’t………………………..state your sources.

          “Jews can’t be trusted with nuclear weapons as they have psychological issues that they first need to address.”

          France gave Israel its first nuclear reactor in 1956. Since then, the Arabs have started multiple wars against Israel (including 1967 and 1973) yet not one Arab capital has been attacked by nuclear weapons.

          You obviously don’t have your facts in order and what an “interesting” name you gave yourself!

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 12:14 at 12:14
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      Hypocricy – Iran is not a norman country
      Khamenei Iran leads using terror, the tool of Islam
      Iran believes the Mahdi is waiting at the bottom of a well
      Iran regime opresses, hangs, murders , imprisons, send women whoring to eat and people to sell limbs to survive

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 15:17 at 15:17
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      Hypocrisy? Iran openly and often threatens Israel’s very existence with nuclear attack. Israel threatens no one. An intelligent unbiased person would recognize the difference between these two state positions.

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 16:55 at 16:55
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      Yeah. How dare the world condemn the murderous intents of one side to an ageless conflict, without judging the other side by the same standard. Oh, please. Go back to watching CNN and turn your brain off.

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 20:33 at 20:33
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      the difference is that Israel has the nukes, but only as a deterrent. The Ayatollah has promised on more than one occasion that Iran does not seek a nuclear weapon ( a lie). The irrational Muslim Shias have no regard for human life and would be happy to sacrifice anything to destroy Israel. The Iranian Shia 12-ers believe that the 13 Iman–or madhi-( Messiah)-I may have the words incorrect will return after an apocalypse. At that time all remaining people will either convert yo Islam or die. Look it up.

      BTW–Why does Iran hate Israel so much–???

      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:43 at 2:43
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        They don’t hate Israel.

        They have to appear to hate Israel to support their threat of flattening Israel if they are invaded.

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 0:38 at 0:38
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      Israel got America to pull out?

      Is it hard to fathom American feeling the “Nuclear Accord” was a fool’s bargain. pressed forward by politicians not strategic thinkers? Iranians not anybody else are going to determine Iran’s years as a viable nation. When they step over the line deliberately or by sheer stupidity the clock stops for the Mullahs.

      Soleimani’s punishment shall be to live & see what his wasted life has brought on the Iranian people.

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 3:05 at 3:05
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      I hope that Israel will keep its word of disallowing the Islamic Republics
      the development of nuclear atomic capability.

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 19:27 at 19:27
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      Yes this is hypocrisy at the highest level in Israel. Iran respected the agreement but the orange carrot is the root cause of this. Now millions on all sides will die due to gross incompetence and the crétin followers.

    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 1:18 at 1:18
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      Yes how dare Iran. Iran’s stated policy is the destruction of the state of Israel and genocide of the Jewish people. We take this threat seriously and will act accordingly. Israel’s stated intent is far different – searching for peace for 50+ years with constant existential threats from most Arab states. Therefore Iran should equate near proximity to nuclear break-out as an end of days scenario for their people. Guaranteed.

    • Nov 7, 2019 @ 4:25 at 4:25
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      The difference between Israel and Iran is simple: Israel isnt ruled by a religious zealot, supreme leader, who controls EVERY facet of the Iranian government, and believes the Mahdi will return with Jesus to destroy their enemies until Islam achieves global dominance.

      To put it bluntly, I’d support a Greater Israel. Someone has to control the barbarians in the Middle East.

      May the IDF and US crush the Iranian regime.

    • Nov 8, 2019 @ 5:42 at 5:42
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      Translation:
      “No Muslim country should have nuclear weapons, and they’re not invading and exploiting, low-zionists, but what about your 500 nuclear weapons, your nuclear facility, what about your climate disaster weapons, scoundrels.”
      ISRAEL IS A SANE COUNTRY THAT HAS NEVER USED NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WILL ONLY USE IT AS A LAST RESORT IF THEIR VERY EXISTENCE IS THREATENED. IRAN, TURKEY, ETC.,ARE LUNATIC COUNTRIES THAT WILL USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FIRST CHANCE THEY GET.

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 12:22 at 12:22
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    GOOD TARGET

    • Nov 5, 2019 @ 14:26 at 14:26
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      My sentiments exactly………….

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 13:35 at 13:35
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    It seems that nobody cares really..Trump, EU, and the rest have only words / sanctions.And Bibi and co ??
    Time will tell / judge how things work out.

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 14:48 at 14:48
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    @StrikeEagle… The 3-I’s… Iran Is Ignored! A Second Rate Shiia Regime with First Rate Persian People that have Third Rate Leadership! Protests In Iran’s & Iran Proxies Prove They Are Desperate, Sins Of Shiia? Inshallah!

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 15:29 at 15:29
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    Bibi did a mistake of over Messianic_, reliance on Trump without a good study of him and lack of a military planning should everything collapse
    the second Axis of evil is about to go nuclear,….then cuba and Venezuela, Israel has to delay it by all means, Trump has no clue of what is at stake

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 16:06 at 16:06
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    Israel has ALL the means of defeating any combination of bloodthirsty enemies, EXCEPT
    sufficient courage and decisiveness to do so: and thereby nullifying all the above..!

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:45 at 12:45
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      “Israel has ALL the means of defeating any combination of bloodthirsty enemies, EXCEPT
      sufficient courage and decisiveness to do so: and thereby nullifying all the above..!”

      @Yosef,

      Wait until “PUSH COMES TO SHOVE”………………………..then see what happens!

      • Nov 7, 2019 @ 1:25 at 1:25
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        Agree. The plans are in place and not subject to change now.

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 16:24 at 16:24
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    Fordo was closed by Nuke Agreement
    the Great President, Stable Genius Donald Trump open it again

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 17:28 at 17:28
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    We have big fatwa against erection!
    No erection of atomic weapons based on uranium is allowed in Iran.
    We start small with uranium reactors.
    For residues such as plutonium there will be a plutonium fatwa.

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:11 at 2:11
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      Not funny – like all Arab “sense of humor”, mahmoud

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 18:26 at 18:26
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      Your Fatwa against erections isn’t working — you are breeding like flies. Perhaps you should issue a Fatea against the milkman’s erection before you completely overpopulate the World.

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 19:07 at 19:07
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    The US military is building two new bases in the oil region of Syria, Turkish media reported. Earlier, President Donald Trump said that the US military will provide security in the oil fields in the east of the country.

    New bases: how the US seizes oil in Syria

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 20:25 at 20:25
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    Itel A46 is delivered in a small cardboard box of red colour, which shows the smartphone itself, as well as its specification and main advantages. In addition to the device itself, inside the box, the buyer will find a battery, a USB cable etc

    itel A46 Review: Budget but powerful smartphone

  • Nov 5, 2019 @ 22:20 at 22:20
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    Please gift us with more sanctions now, coze can’t wait for Christmas.
    Please gift us with more sanctions now, coze we do not have Christmas.
    But we have centrifuges, and these turn around much faster than Christmas only once an year.
    Please gift us with more sanctions.
    Please gift us with more sanctions now!
    Don’t you dare to stop new sanctions!

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 3:10 at 3:10
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    Cia and pentagon studies reveal Iran has 10 nuclear bombs – nagazaki types. Fact.

    The solution can only be POLITICAL in nature..

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:27 at 4:27
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      That is disturbing to hear, because if one is used against any modern city with lithium ion batteries its going to act as a salted nuke “cobalt bomb”. One Tesla from memory if its within the fireball can kill million people, add in a iPhone over 10 thousand, iPads, UPS batteries, laptops and even a small Hiroshima size blast in a city center should have 1 ton of cobalt within the ground touch range to be a real problem. 1 gram of C60 will kill everything in a 1km2 area for about 100 years. The result is nukes are no longer practical as you likely just going to end up killing yourself as the radation spreads around the hemisphere.

    • Nov 10, 2019 @ 7:06 at 7:06
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      Do you have a source you can share?

      Or are you “just saying”?

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 3:11 at 3:11
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    Kentucky Rose Up Against Trump!!

    Kentucky elected a Dem Candidate for Governor as Republican Beshear Lost!! This is after Trump rallied hard for Beshear telling people to elect this “BEAUTIFUL’ Governor. Trump’s antics did not work. Republican candidate lost!

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 3:22 at 3:22
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    Yeah!! We got that Red Neck out office!!!!

    Make USA OURS Again!!!!

    USA!!!

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:10 at 4:10
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    “Article 26 of the JCPOA says that Iran can treat economic sanctions from the European Union or the United States “as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part.” But the more commitments both sides break, the less relevant the deal becomes but what also means that Iran is working perfectly within the agreement.
    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/irans-maximum-pressure-plan-invest-new-nuclear-threat-93956

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:26 at 4:26
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      SUCK IT TOMMY!!

      • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:31 at 4:31
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        Facts are facts so calm down and go have your meds. Its a good article you should read it and expand your mindset with some real facts.

        • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:45 at 4:45
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          Ya I’m going to click your links … LOL

          Dems Win Kentucky!! Suck It!! Your SANCTISON MEAN SH*T!!

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 12:57 at 12:57
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      ““Article 26 of the JCPOA says that Iran can treat economic sanctions from the European Union or the United States “as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part.” But the more commitments both sides break, the less relevant the deal becomes but what also means that Iran is working perfectly within the agreement.”

      @Tommy,

      In view of what you said in the first portion of your comment, one just has to ask: “WHAT agreement” ????
      Consequences may be just over the horizon……………………….

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:25 at 4:25
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    Democrats WIN Kentucky!

    Trumo went to rally for Republicans just yesterday but his crazy talk did nothing. Republican candidate lost!!

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 4:52 at 4:52
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    HEY TOMMY!!!!

    Please gift us with more sanctions now, coze can’t wait for Christmas.
    Please gift us with more sanctions now, coze we do not have Christmas.
    But we have centrifuges, and these turn around much faster than Christmas only once an year.
    Please gift us with more sanctions.
    Please gift us with more sanctions now!
    Don’t you dare to stop new sanctions!

    • Nov 6, 2019 @ 19:21 at 19:21
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      Remember that post and saved it and this was before the Pentagon’s Space Force creation. “The Americans Value Individual Life of Freedom and Property above everything else. The Cowboy nature of America won’t tolerate the loss of even one single city carrier or submarine. It was the American funded STI Program once known as Dark Star. It is a fully Synchronized System of Laser Endoatmospheric Antiballistic Beam, guided by a uniquely accurate type micro-radar laser arrays. Capable of taking out Land-Based Missiles before they can be fueled and on pads right at launch just 500 feet in the air. As well as neutralizing submarines and bombers with detonates wherever located objects in the ionosphere if necessary. No other nation is even close and with such innovations that Israel Defense companies helped developed some aspects subsystems.”

  • Nov 6, 2019 @ 19:31 at 19:31
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    Yes this is hypocrisy at the highest level in Israel. Iran respected the agreement but the orange carrot is the root cause of this. Now millions on all sides will die due to gross incompetence and the crétin followers.

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