America has agreed to provide Israel with 1,000 newly-designed ‘mini’ bunker-buster bombs in a deal that gives the Jewish state new military options for any attack on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Last week Israel’s request for a fresh supply of GBU-28 bunker-busters, each weighing two tons and capable of punching through reinforced concrete, was turned down by the US.
Instead, America has agreed to sell 1,000 versions of a much-smaller satellite-guided bomb capable of hitting underground targets, albeit at a shallower depth.
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Iran’s nuclear facilities are located at a number of separate locations, some of which are buried underground.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, yesterday said Iran had increased its uranium enrichment programme and was not co-operating with an inspections process.