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Iranian Missile Facility Blows Up


Barry Nussbaum: Welcome to ATP Report. I'm Barry Nussbaum. Our very special guest, all the way from Israel, is Dr. Mordechai Kedar. He spent 25 years in the Israeli military in the intelligence division as a Lieutenant Colonel, now retired. He has a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University, where he lectures even today and is going to enlighten us in English on what's going on in the Middle East, especially in Iran. He speaks a number of languages, none of which I would understand. So we're going to do this in English. Welcome, Motti.

Mordechai Kedar: It's my pleasure and my honor to be here, Barry.

Barry Nussbaum: Thanks so much for joining us. So let's talk about what is going on in Iran. On July the second, there was a huge attack in Natanz, Iran.

Mordechai Kedar: They had the event of July the second in Natanz, another location where they developed these centrifuges and enriched uranium. There is a building that you can see now in the picture. Here is a picture after the attack. Originally, it was this size, including the red circle. This part, which is the large part of the facility, is blown up. You can see the black part. And the parts are dispersed all over the area. Here you can see much larger parts of the building. And in order to have such a piece of the building flying from here to here, you need a very, very strong blast, and this is actually what happened. Hundreds of kilos of explosives are needed to blow up this building to that degree of devastation. And it means that everything inside this building is totally demolished. Now, this building, according to all kinds of reports, was either only the factory or also the storage of the newest of the state of the art centrifuges which the Iranians would have used in order to hasten their way to a nuclear bomb.

Barry Nussbaum: Do you have any idea who would have targeted this place?

Mordechai Kedar: Somebody knew about this building. Somebody knew about what this building contains and that somebody succeeded in entering this base, which is highly guarded, and you cannot even use the roads which lead to base. It's not allowed. So whoever arranged this blast inside that building, devastating everything which was inside, first of all, has a very good intelligence to know exactly which building to target, what it contains, and he also has the operational abilities to go into that place with hundreds of kilos of TNT, high explosives, and to get them into the building to blow it up.

Barry Nussbaum: All right, that sounds it sounds like James Bond.

Mordechai Kedar: It is way beyond James Bond. Barry, this action, which happened on July the second is in the league of the actions by which Israel succeeded in stealing the archives of the Iranian nuclear military program. It is to the same league of operations, both in the intelligence and the operational aspects.

Barry Nussbaum: Motti, are you suggesting that it was Israel?

Mordechai Kedar: Israel never admits. And believe me, there are some other countries which are at least enthusiastic about doing it beyond Israel. I'm sure if the United States if they could, they would do it. I'm sure that the Saudis if they could, they would do it. Every country which feels threatened by Iran would do it with big zeal.

Barry Nussbaum: Thanks for joining us on ATP Report. And a very special thank you to Dr. Mordechai Kedar for joining us. Remember, for those of you that haven't subscribed yet, please take out your cell phones in the United States only. Text the word truth to 88202. You'll be automatically subscribed to our text message service. You'll get all of our videos and important information on your cell phone absolutely free. For ATP Report, I'm Barry Nussbaum.

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