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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Ikonos Imagery of Dimona
Negev Nuclear Research Center
Kirya le-Mehekar Gariny (KAMAG)

Machon 2 - Of the 2,700 employees at Dimona, it is said that only 150 are permitted access to Machon 2, which reportedly extends six floors underground. The chemical reprocessing plant removes plutonium produced in the reactor from the spent uranium rods. Before reprocessing begins, the rods are stored in water filled tanks for several weeks while the short-halflife radio-isotopes decay. The residual uranium is reprocessed to be used in new fuel rods. The facility also separates lithium-6 from natural lithium for use in thermonuclear weapons. According to Vanunu, the average weekly production is 1.2 kilograms of pure plutonium, enough for 4-12 nuclear weapons per year.

The Big Dig
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25 August 1963
10 December 1965

1963 Excavation

1965 Excavation
Corona Imagery from 1963 and 1965 reveal a large excavation measuring 100 x 100 meters could have contained a large underground facility - possibly the Machon 2 reprocessing facility. The Israelis removed an estimated 66,000 to 81,000 cubic yards of soil.
04 July 2000

2000 - Excavation filled in
Later imagery shows Israeli efforts to fill and landscape the terrain where the excavation took place. According to published reports the Israelis have taken numerous camouflage, concealment, and deception measures at Dimona. This excavation is consistent with this type of activity.

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