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Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility. (illustrative only)

An unnamed nuclear expert is among the dead after a lethal explosion Sunday evening at or near the Parchin military compound near Tehran.

At least two people died in the blast, according to the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA).

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Quoting the Iranian Defense Industries Organization, ISNA reported, “Unfortunately, due to the incident two workers of this production unit lost their lives.” At least four military personnel were wounded while responding to the blast, according to a post by an opposition group quoted by the Washington Free Beacon.

The blast apparently followed a fire that allegedly started in a unit where explosive materials are produced at the nuclear facility, news reports said.

Reports from the site began filtering into media by Monday. The BBC quoted Saham news as saying the explosion was “so intense that windows of buildings nine miles away (15 kilometers) were shattered,” in a southeasterly direction. “The glare from the blast could also be seen from a great distance away.”

Three years ago, there was a massive explosion at a military base not far from Parchin, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) west of Tehran. The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards missile program and 16 others in the unit were killed in the blast, which Iran blamed on an accident that occurred during a weapons transfer.

Talks between Iran and six world powers have been focusing on dialing back the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment program but Tehran has shown little interest in cooperating. According to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iran missed a deadline to respond to questions about its nuclear development program.

Negotiations centered on lifting economic and other sanctions by Western nations in exchange for reducing enrichment of uranium are scheduled to culminate in a Nov. 24 deadline, but few believe that “red line” will stand firm.

Last month Israeli officials warned that Iran has used the Parchin complex as the site for secret testing of technology that could only be used for detonation of a nuclear weapon.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement that the implosion tests at Parchin involved neutron sources that included nuclear material. Steinitz released his statement just one day before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

Steinitz warned that Israel had based its information on “highly reliable information” but revealed no further details.

The Islamic Republic has continued to deny that it is building a nuclear weapon but refuses to reduce or slow down its nuclear development program in any way. Iran has, in fact, accelerated the pace of its uranium enrichment both in quality and quantity, raising both to military weapons-grade levels.

For years Iran has refused to allow nuclear inspectors from the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the Parchin base outside Tehran. On March 8, 2012, six world powers (U.S., UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) demanded that Iran allow the UN inspectors to tour the Parchin site – but with no success.

“It is important to emphasize that these kinds of tests can have no ‘dual use’ explanation, since the only possible purpose of such internal neutron sources is to ignite the nuclear chain reaction in nuclear weapons,” Steintz added.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

93 COMMENTS

  1. To understand the Islamic Republic of Iran it helps to look at their Constitution. Here is the Preamble:
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    PREAMBLE

    An Ideological Army

    In the formation and equipping of the country’s defense forces, due attention must be paid to faith and ideology as the basic criteria. Accordingly, the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are to be organized in conformity with this goal, and they will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in God’s way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world (this is in accordance with the Koranic verse “Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and strings of horses, striking fear into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them.” [8.60])
    ———————————————

    Notice that they openly say that their armed forces will be used, not only for defense, but for offense, that is, to spread Islam throughout the world. Notice also that they cite their Koran which orders them to acquire “whatever force you are able to muster”, which includes nuclear weapons — all in the service of Islam.

  2. All the while, it seems “O” and Kerry are proactive about being the Islamic Republic Of Iran’s “WILLING DUPES”!!!This administration is paving the way for Iran to start producing 10-15 nukes/year within a month of making the decision to “break-out’!!! Sure seems we have a president doing whatever he can to help our enemies! It seems there are well over a dozen such examples!!!

  3. To understand the Islamic Republic of Iran it helps to look at their Constitution. Here is the Preamble:
    ————————————
    PREAMBLE

    An Ideological Army

    In the formation and equipping of the country’s defense forces, due attention must be paid to faith and ideology as the basic criteria. Accordingly, the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are to be organized in conformity with this goal, and they will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in God’s way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world (this is in accordance with the Koranic verse “Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and strings of horses, striking fear into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them.” [8.60])
    ———————————————

    Notice that they openly say that their armed forces will be used, not only for defense, but for offense, that is, to spread Islam throughout the world. Notice also that they cite their Koran which orders them to acquire "whatever force you are able to muster", which includes nuclear weapons — all in the service of Islam.

  4. When you play with fire you just may burn your fingers. Hopefully, the next explosion will wipe out the entire system, Obama and Kerry certainly have no intention in curbing the progress of the Iranians.

  5. It’s not unlike cooking with someone else’s recipe…things just have a way of not coming out quite the same. On a sadder note the cowardly and dishonorable Kerry wasn’t there inspecting when it happened…yes, I mean it.

  6. Yeah, this event should be proof that they’re working on nuclear bombs, not peaceful energy. As far as I know, nuclear power plants don’t require explosive materials. A nuclear bomb on the other hand…they must be close to completing it.

  7. Well, thats what happens when little Muslims play with match sticks , KAA BOOOMMM !!!!! about dam time they get to themselves what they been doing around the world killing people ! See how it feels now you little so-called murdering Muslims ! You got stung with your own poison !

  8. Well, thats what happens when little Muslims play with match sticks , KAA BOOOMMM !!!!! about dam time they get to themselves what they been doing around the world killing people ! See how it feels now you little so-called murdering Muslims ! You got stung with your own poison !

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