BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE: Reports Of Underground Blast At Iran Nuke Plant
News of an explosion at one of Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities â€“ broken exclusively by WND â€“ is exploding around the world, with independent confirmation and international response pouring in.
Israeli intelligence officials have confirmed the explosion to the Times of London, which is now reporting: â€śSources in Tel Aviv said yesterday that they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli Government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and 200 workers had been trapped inside.
â€śIsrael believes the Iranians have not evacuated the surrounding area. It is unclear whether that is because no harmful substances have been released, or because Tehran is trying to avoid sparking panic among residents.â€ť
Also on Sunday, Israelâ€™s acting defense minister called the news â€śwelcome,â€ť and a German newspaper said its own source in Tehran confirmed the report, even while Iran is trying to keep the news under wraps.
WNDâ€™s exclusive report revealed an explosion last Monday deep within Iranâ€™s Fordow nuclear facility destroyed much of the installation, trapping scores of people, including scientists and workers, many of whom are foreign nationals.
According to a member of the security forces at the site, both elevators and the emergency exit had collapsed, and the regime fears loss of lives due to possible radiation after the explosion.
The information comes through Hamidreza Zakeri, a former member of the regimeâ€™s intelligence ministry.
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The Iranian regime further believes the blast was sabotage and the explosives could have reached the area disguised as equipment or in the uranium hexafluoride stock transferred to the site, the source said. The explosion occurred at the third centrifuge chambers, with the high-grade enriched uranium reserves below them.
At midnight Sunday, Tehran time, however, all regime-controlled media published a two-line announcement by the deputy of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Shamsoldin Berberoodi, that no explosion had taken place at Fordow.
Iran does not want word of the sabotage to leak out because it would badly damage its negotiating position in talks with the 5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany), WNDâ€™s source said. Indeed, the two-line announcement said the reports of the explosion are meant to bring pressure on Iran at the talks.