The New York Times reports that Trump has stepped up secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets.
The Trump administration has “accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets,” The New York Times reported Wednesday, part of a growing effort to undermine the Islamic Republic’s military and economy.
The New York Times report was prompted by two launch failures by Iran — one on Jan. 15 that the country acknowledged and another, on Feb. 15, that Iran kept under wraps.
The Times notes that these failures follow an 11-year pattern. “In that time, 67 percent of Iranian orbital launches have failed, an astonishingly high number compared to a 5 percent failure rate worldwide for similar space launches,” the Times reports.
The newspaper learned, through discussions with over half a dozen current and former government officials who worked on the secret sabotage program, that the plan started under President George W. Bush, and the goal was to push defective parts into Iran’s aerospace supply chain.
Under the Obama administration, the program was reduced, but since Mike Pompeo became secretary of state, it has been given new life, the paper reports.
The program is reminiscent of the effort to delay Iran’s nuclear weapons development through the Stuxnet virus. According to a September 2010 Haaretz report, Iran analysts and computer specialists were increasingly convinced that Stuxnet was meant “to sabotage the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz – where the centrifuge operational capacity had dropped over the past year by 30 percent.”
Reported by: David Isaac, World Israel News