Iran stages mock attack on Israeli nuclear facility (VIDEO) — Analysis

A mockup of an Israeli nuclear installation was destroyed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during military drills. Multiple suicide drones and ballistic missiles decimated the target.

As part of Iran’s Great Prophet 17 military drills (a massive, five-day event that started on December 20, the mock attack occurred). Iranian media distributed footage from the demolition of the mockup Israeli Dimona nuclear reactor. This facility is also called the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center.

Multiple ballistic missile launchers are seen in the video, many disguised as civilian cargo trucks. They then line up to strike the target and unleash a barrage of projectiles. The video also features at least one launcher that is packed with suicide drones, disguised as a dumptruck.

After the missiles have been shown, they are seen destroying the mockup. It bears the unique features of Dimona’s Dimona reactor including a dome-shaped ventilation shaft and underground facility ventilation shafts. According to Iranian media, the exercise involved 16 missiles and 5 suicide drones.

The Great Prophet 17 drills were held amid increased tensions between Israel and Iran, as well as in the aftermath of deadlocked talks over the 2015 nuclear agreement, also known by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Israel, which has tried to revive the accord and has been consistently hostile to it, claims that Tehran seeks to make nuclear weapons, something Iran repeatedly denies.

Israel has been reported to be considering an option military against Iran. It is reportedly looking at a preemptive strike upon its nuclear facilities, regardless of what happens with the JCPOA. Iran warned Tel Aviv to avoid such moves, and the commander in chief of the IRGC dismissed them. “Zionist empty threats,”Additions: “If the officials of this regime do a damn thing, we will cut off their hands.” 

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