Report: U.S. Preparing Bunker Busters in Case Talks With Iran Fail

An anonymous official tells the Wall Street Journal that the Pentagon was testing new bombs capable of penetrating Iran's more fortified nuclear facilities.

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Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran.
Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran.Credit: AP

A senior American official told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that the U.S. was readying its arsenal of heavy duty bunker-buster bombs for the possibility that the talks with Iran fail, and a decision is made to attack Iran's heavily fortified nuclear facilities.

“The Pentagon continues to be focused on being able to provide military options for Iran if needed,” the anonymous official is quoted as telling the paper. “We have not taken our eyes off the ball.”

According to the Wall Street Journal report, the Pentagon has been working on the improved bunker-busters for some time, with the latest tests taking place in mid-January – before the latest round of talks with the Iranians.

The U.S. together with the other five world powers reached a framework agreement with Iran on Thursday, according to which Iran will submit its nuclear program to restrictions and international oversight in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

The sides said that an agreement would be signed by the June 30.

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