Another “Mysterious” Iranian Nuclear Explosion


Have you noticed all the mysterious explosions that happen with increasing frequency to the Iranian nuclear program? There’s also the oh-so-mysterious deaths of various scientists and military figures who are vital to the Iranian push towards a nuclear red line.

Just bad luck, I guess.

Or: Maybe the Iranians are a bunch of incompetents.

Or: Maybe somebody is sabotaging the program, knocking off Iranian assets, one at a time.

I dunno. It’s baffling.

Now, another big bang, that the mullahs are, of course, denying ever took place.

On Jan 21, 14 members of the North Korean team and two military officers now stationed at Fordow along with Iranian scientists started the process of feeding uranium gas into the newly set-up cascades at 9:15 a.m. Tehran time.

At 10:43 a.m., due to a drop in power pressure, system warning signs went off, but everything went back to normal after two minutes.

At 11:36 a.m., five explosions occurred concurrently in the centrifuge chambers, two explosions in the uranium reserve enclosures and a subsequent explosion in the main hallway close to the exit.

At the time of the explosions, a very bright red and purple light distorted the image and an extremely loud noise could be heard. Before the explosions knocked out the cameras, interior walls could be seen coming down within the centrifuge chambers. All the explosions seemed to have been initiated from the ceilings.

All cameras on the lowest floor (about 300 feet deep under a mountain) and the floor above it (about 250 feet deep) were knocked out, and only two cameras above the installation where security personnel are stationed were working.

Security forces immediately informed their superiors, who ordered them to remain in the monitoring room and avoid further communication with the outside world until counterintelligence forces arrived. Twenty-one personnel were gathered in a conference room to await further instruction.

Security forces were then told to close down all surrounding roads.

Approximately two hours after the explosions, counterintelligence agents arrived and, after interviewing personnel and reviewing tapes, initially concluded that explosives may have been placed in ceiling lamps with some kind of trigger mechanism controlled by a power voltage frequency.

The last images show eight personnel in anti-radiation clothing trying desperately to secure one of the rooms.

Read the full story at WND.

Intel sources in Israel have confirmed blast.

Still from Alfred Hitchcock's brilliant 1936 film, Sabotage, with Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka.

Still from Alfred Hitchcock’s brilliant 1936 film, Sabotage, with Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka.

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  1. Nickie Clifford
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    So Robert, am I terrible or what?  I was positively gleeful upon reading this post:)  As a matter of fact my husband heard my verbal ‘fist pumping’ (Okay – a few wry “hee- hee’s”;) – and asked me “what was up”?  I thrust my laptop under his nose so he could read it as-well.  All I can say is that the Mossad and the Israeli’s ROCK – and Benjamin Netanyahu is a wonderful man. (my husband says the only reason I don’t have a poster of Bibi up on our bedroom wall is it might, in some circles, be construed as being ‘unseemly’ for a middle-age-woman;)    We just knew they would ‘take care of business’ didn’t we all?  What a contrast to our own limp-wristed, do-nothing President.

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  2. Johnny
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    If it is sabotage, it has to be a pretty sophisticated operation because I have to believe Iran has better security than the typical TSA checkpoint at the airport. 
    CIA? For an organization that couldn’t get good intelligence out of Iraq this seems magnitudes more difficult. Plus wouldn’t Obama be afraid they would take back his peace prize if it came to light?  
    That leaves Israel and they’ve done a great job of making people think the Mossad can do just about anything. But it boggles the mind to think they could have turned some Iranians or planted agents in the system capable of this sabotage. Real life is not a James Bond movie. Stuxnet is a weekend at the beach while setting these explosions is a trip to the moon. 
    We may never know the truth (though if a movie making Obama look courageous can be made then some Hollywood producer will get access to the classified material). 

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    • Posted January 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      It has been reported in the past that Israel has ties to and has trained and supported various Iranian resistance (read “terrorist” to Iran and the MSM) groups of native Iranians working against the Vilayat al Fiqh government of Iran.
      One of these groups, the People’s Mujaheddin of Iran, (known by various acronyms, including MEK, MKO and PMI) were originally supporters of Khomeini and the mullahs and, therefore, could still have people on the inside that they could “turn” or connections that could also be disaffected with the current regime and wish to see Iran’s nuclear program destroyed.
      In any event, if the explosion story is true, it would not have to be Israeli or American agents that directed and carried out this attack; it could be well financed native Iranians who have the skills and planning necessary to carry out such sabotage.

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      • Johnny
        Posted January 30, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

        It could be Iranians turning on the regime. But wouldn’t they be the most obvious suspects of the Iranian security forces. Maybe they found someone like Woody Allen in Sleeper with no record. 
        But no matter who did it – it has to be very risky. There is probably a limited number of suspects with access to the damaged areas. Even if I’m innocent I’d be worried if they start rounding up the usual suspects.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I read a fascinating book – secrets of D Day – that really opened my eyes to the unseen (and for the overwhelming time) – unknown – intelligence war behind the larger war. Read somewhere yesterday that these workers are trapped 250 feet below the ground.

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  4. exdemexlib
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Maybe somebody is sabotaging the program
    Well, it beats strongly nuanced talks about further sanctions 😉
    There is an interesting fictional novel that touches on this,
    The Rembrandt Affair  by Daniel Silva
    (if you like reading pro-Israel novels about Israeli Secret Agents, then I highly recommend Daniel Silva’s entire Gabriel Allon series.
    It would be great if the just the perfect screenwriter could adapt this for Hollywood … 😉
     not so subtle hint  …  )

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    • Nickie Clifford
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Dear Ex:
      Thanks for the tip regarding the ‘Allon’ series – I’m going to ‘Kindle’ it. 

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  5. Brianna
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Is this confirmed?  Because as far as I know, the only source on this is Reza Khalili, and nobody else has confirmed this.  I mean, Iranian denial means nothing, but neither Washington nor Jerusalem have even confirmed that an explosion has taken place, let alone hinted that they might be responsible.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink


      Home Front Minister and former Shin Bet director Avi Dichter was asked about this latest explosion by a member of the Israeli press. He shrugged and said “Any explosion in Iran that doesn’t hurt people but hurts its assets is welcome.”

      Plus intel sources in Israel have confirmed blast.

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      • sennacherib
        Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        “. He shrugged and said “Any explosion in Iran that doesn’t hurt people but hurts its assets is welcome.” Heh! Every spy a prince.

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  6. kishke
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Is WND a reliable source?

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink



      See above. Plus, the German paper Die Welt is reporting the same story. I’m careful about WND sources, but this one seems to be true.

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