This is an inevitable consequence of the fantasy based politics which has formed the sole foundation for the alleged “framework deal” announced by Obama and Kerry. The Iranians themselves refuted all of the talking points used by Obama to sell this lunatic non-deal to the public. Iran’s audacity has grown to such levels following Obama’s incompetent handling of the talks, that his defense minister Carter was forced to put the “military option” back on the table. However, the whole thing seems like a game of chicken, as there is virtually no chance Obama will actually order to use these new bunker busting bombs. We are likely to see the “talks” process extended indefinatley until Obama’s term is over.
The United States has bunker-busting bombs that can “shut down, set back and destroy” Iran’s nuclear program, and the military option has not been taken off the table when it comes to the ongoing negotiations with that country, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
“I believe the Iranians know that and understand that,” Carter told CNN Friday, stressing that the Obama administration prefers handling the issue of Iran’s nuclear weapons potential diplomatically, rather than through military means, “because military action is reversible over time.”
The technical name for the powerful weapons Carter referenced is the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), which can explode 20 feet underground and destroy deeply buried and fortified targets, and those weapons are ready for use, he said.
Carter’s reference to MOPS is the first made about specific military planning against Iran’s fortified underground facilities, reports The Jerusalem Post.
At one of the facilities, Fordow, 20 percent enriched medium-grade uranium is produced, and Iran’s government insists it will only be used for civilian purposes. However, other countries fear that the uranium could be further enriched to 90 percent, The Post reports, which would be the amount needed to make material that can be weaponized.
Meanwhile, Carter also told CNN on Friday that any deal the United States and its allies make with Iran will include direct inspection of the country’s nuclear facilities, as it must be based on verification and not trust.
On Thursday, though, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni said through Twitter that “unconventional inspection” would not be an acceptable part of the deal:
He also tweeted that he is “neither for nor against the deal.”
Carter also indicated in Friday’s interview that Iran and North Korea could be working together, as they have collaborated in the past.
“In fact, North Korea worked with Syria, helped it build a reactor… North Korea is a welcome all-comers kind of proliferator,” Carter said.
However, he said that Iran doesn’t need North Korea “to teach them nuclear physics. They know plenty of it in Iran.”