It’s not the first time this sort of mysterious explosion has led to speculation about the extent and condition of Iran’s nuclear program. Back in May of this year, Israel National News reported an immense, unexplained blast outside a city in northern Iran.
The blast may be related to nuclear development in Iran, according to the Los Angeles Times. Iranian officials in the past have strongly denied claims by Mujahedin Khalq Organization, or MKO, a cult-like Iranian exile group, that it has a secret nuclear enrichment facility in Abyek, near the major city, according to the daily.
And that was just one such incident possibly involving Iranian sites engaged in the secret development of nuclear weapons that could be used in any conflict with Western nations, most notably Israel.
Now, multiple news sources say an earth-shattering blast has rocked an Iranian facility called a “production plant” not far from Tehran. The Washington Free Beacon has details:
A large explosion at a suspected nuclear site in Iran has reportedly killed two people and prompted speculation of sabotage at a military site long suspected of housing Tehran’s clandestine nuclear activities, according Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under the country’s Ministry of Defense.
Reporting on this latest incident, Israel National News says two people were killed in the mysterious explosion — one of them reportedly an unnamed “nuclear expert.”
The plant is located close to the Iranian capital Tehran, and the explosion has triggered speculation over a possible sabotage or assassination.
The semi-official Isna news agency claimed the explosion took place at around 10:00 a.m. after a fire erupted in an “explosive materials production unit”.
Last month, according to the report at israelnationalnews.com, Israel’s Internal Security Minister Yuval Steinitz said he had “reliable information” that Parchin — the site of the latest explosion — was being used for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.
The Washington Free Beacon article on the mystery blast notes the curious timing of this reported incident — timing that could mean a significant interruption of a planned inspection tour by an international team monitoring Iran’s nuclear development capabilities.
The explosion came just hours before inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) were set to tour some of Iran’s nuclear sites, according to Fars.
Iran has long claimed that Western nations and Israel are attempting to sabotage its nuclear site.
“Several cases of industrial sabotage have been neutralized in the past few months before achieving the intended damage, including sabotage at a part of the IR-40 facility at Arak,” the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization official was quoted as saying in the press….
Photo Credit: Facebook
Advertisement - story continues below