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Pentagon denies bunker-busting bomb is intended for Iran

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Charley Keyes
CNN
Thursday, November 17, 2011

The military’s newest and most powerful ground-penetrating bomb is not intended for Iran’s underground nuclear and weapons facilities specifically, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

“The system’s not aimed at any one country,” said Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby. “It’s to develop a capability we believe we need.”

The new Massive Ordinance Penetrator, known as the MOP, is able to explode 200 feet underground and designed to destroy deeply buried and fortified targets such as the ones Iran is believed to have constructed to protect its nuclear research facilities.

“It gives us a far greater capability to reach and destroy an enemy’s weapons of mass destructions that — weapons of mass destruction that are located in well-protected underground facilities, without getting into specifics, to — to a magnitude far greater than we have right now,” Kirby said at a Pentagon briefing.

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