Jerusalem24 – Satellite images revealed that Israel is carrying out expansion and development of the Dimona nuclear reactor. According to the Associated Press.
In Dimona, the images analyzed by the Associated Press show a crater the size of a football field, and this depth likely refers to a multi-storey building now located meters away from the old reactor at the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center in the Negev desert, near Dimona.
According to the report, workers southwest of the reactor dug a hole 150 meters long and 60 meters wide. Signs of the fossils can be seen near the site. It is also possible to see a channel about 330 meters long passing near the excavations in the crater.
The facility is already home to decades-old underground laboratories that reprocess spent reactor rods to obtain weapons-grade plutonium for Israel’s nuclear bomb program.
Despite this disclosure of the works, the reason for the construction is not clear, while the Israeli government has not responded to detailed questions from the Associated Press about the work.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif expressed his concern a few days ago, after news of an expansion of the Dimona reactor. “The only atomic plant in Israel is expanding. Should this cause concern?” He wrote on his Twitter account. Zarif’s comments come amid renewed talks between the United States and Iran over the nuclear deal.
About two weeks ago, the United States, France, Germany and Britain issued a joint statement in which they said they are concerned to bring Iran back into full compliance with its obligations under the nuclear deal.