As the world debates the pros and cons of imposing stiffer sanctions on Iran over its nuclear interests, a new secret document has emerged that demonstrates Iranian interests in developing a nuclear bomb.
A secret technical document leaked to The Times by intelligence sources showcases Iran's pursuit of a nuclear trigger that is designed exclusively to detonate a nuclear bomb. The trigger was fashioned after the Pakistani model - and Iran's nuclear plans are based on Pakistani blueprints.
The instructions are dated back to the beginning of 2007, four years after Iranian authorities claimed to have halted any nuclear weapons development programs.
“Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application,” David Albright, a physicist and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, told The Times. Mr. Albright's organization has examined scores of documents related to the Iranian nuclear program. “This is a very strong indicator of weapons work.”
Meanwhile, in the face of Iranian defiance of new United Nations sanctions, Western authorities have begun pressing Russia and China to agree to tougher measures against Iran.
The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran has pushed Israel to prepare for military strikes against Iranian nuclear institutions. However, Syria indicated that it would defend Iran should Israel attack.
“Israel is increasingly concerned about the state of the Iranian nuclear programme and the real intentions that may lie behind it,” an Israeli spokesperson told The Times.