Researchers At The Dimona Complex In Israel’s Negev Desert Helped Prevent Iran From Making Bombs

Posted Jan 15, 2011

In the New York Times today, a very interesting article was published about the operations of the Dimona complex in the Negev desert. According to military experts, there was a joint effort between America and Israel to circumvent Iran from making nuclear bombs. Below is a passage from The New York Times that explains what is happening in Dimona:

Behind Dimona?s barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran?s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran?s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran?s ability to make its first nuclear arms.”

Meir Dagan and Hilary Clinton have separately said that they believed Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for developing bombs have been set back. The biggest reason for Iran’s setback is the Stuxnet computer worm. The German company Siemens had cooperated with the Idaho National Laboratory to help identify vulnerable computer controllers that the company sells for operating industrial machinery across the world. American intelligence agencies have identified some of this equipment used in Iran’s enrichment facilities. The worm basically had the controllers in the Iranian factory self-destruct, but report to the plant operators that everything is still fine.