Destroying Iran’s key uranium-enrichment facilities might require only “a few hours of airstrikes,” Yuval Steinitz, Israeli minister for international affairs, strategy and intelligence, told the Washington Post for a Wednesday report.
Steinitz offered the comment as he urged the United States to demand that Iran halt its uranium refinement effort or “see it destroyed with brute force.” The potential for the process to generate nuclear-bomb fuel has placed the facilities at the center of an international dispute, but Tehran defends its atomic activities as strictly peaceful endeavors that it is legally entitled to pursue.
Iran might launch “several hundred missiles” against Israel in response to any airstrikes, Steinitz acknowledged, but said any such volleys would inflict “very little damage because we can intercept many of them.”
The Israeli minister’s assertions followed warnings that destroying possibly weapon-related Iranian nuclear facilities — which include a number of other sites — would be a sophisticated undertaking. In one case, a U.S. general declared such an offensive would require days or weeks of sustained bombing.
Separately, London’s Guardian newspaper on Thursday published a statement attributed to 55 imprisoned Iranian dissidents that urges the United States to lift nuclear penalties on the country holding them captive.
Elsewhere, the head of a Russian state-run atomic energy firm said it is getting ready to hand Tehran full control of a nuclear power plant near the Iranian town of Bushehr, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. The facility “is currently operating at 100 percent capacity,” Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko added.
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- A national Bloomberg poll out Monday morning by Selzer & Co. has Clinton and Trump tied at 46% in a two-way race, and Trump ahead 43% to 41% in a four-way race.
- A CNN/ORC poll in Colorado shows likely voters’ support for Trump at 42%, 41% for Clinton, and a CNN/ORC poll in Pennsylvania has Clinton at 45% and Trump at 44%.
- A Portland Press Herald/UNH survey in Maine has Clinton leading Trump in ME-01 and Trump ahead in ME-02.
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