The United States has assisted Israel in developing a hydrogen bomb, a move which violated international laws, a declassified report by the US Department of Defense has revealed.
According to the 1987 report, top Israeli nuclear facilities were analogous to the Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories which played a key role in the development of US nuclear weaponry.
The 386-page report, “Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” shows that Israel’s nuclear sites had the technology base required to design and produce nuclear weapons.
Israelis are “developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level,” said the report.
The report came while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to address the US Congress next month to put further pressure on Iran to stop its peaceful nuclear program.
The report was released earlier this week after Grant Smith, director of the Washington think tank Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, made a Freedom of Information Act request three years ago.
Smith also lodged a lawsuit in September, compelling the Pentagon to seriously address the request.
In his federal court complaint, Smith outlined how the US failed to comply with federal laws at the time that Israel was developing a nuclear program.
“It’s our basic position that in 1987 the Department of Defense discovered that Israel had a nuclear weapons program, detailed it and then has covered it up for 25 years in violation of the Symington and Glenn amendments, costing taxpayers $86 billion,” said Smith during a hearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan in US District Court for the District of Columbia in late 2014.
According to the authors of the report, Edwin Townsley and Clarence Robinson, Israel possessed Category 1 capability pertaining to its anti-tactical ballistic missile and “Star Wars” weapons programs.
Israel has long defied calls to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is believed to have hundreds of nuclear warheads.
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