This headline inaccurately gives the impression that the only known application of heavy water is the production of plutonium for use in weaponization. This is not the case at all. There are a multitude of peaceful uses of heavy water, including the production of energy. Beyond that, there are even peaceful uses for plutonium. Thus, even if we were able to prove through the images that this heavy water facility was being used to produce plutonium, that still would not be indicative that the facility at Arak is creating nuclear material for use in weaponry. Nor do these images demonstrate anything previously unknown, as Iran has been constructing and operating heavy water facilities for the better part of a decade. Assuming that the satellite images do indeed "reveal" that a heavy water facility is in operation at Arak, then that is all the images reveal. This headline needs to be changed to reflect what the satellite imagery actually demonstrates. As it stands now, the assertions in the headline are completely unsubstantiated and serve only to effect a fait accompli in convincing readers that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. The motivation for this miscue is likely political, designed to shore up support for a pre-emptive attack on Iran. I don't expect more than that from Anshel Pfeffer, but I do expect more objectivity from Haaretz.
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