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Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion
Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13

Posted on 12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST by drewh

Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.”

Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr.

According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when Russian leaders including Vladimir Putin were warned that the danger of an explosion at Bushehr was high. Neither Moscow nor Tehran reported what was happening. Now they are racing against the clock to get the reactor back on stream.

Russian experts estimated that an explosion at the Bushehr reactor had the potential for causing a million Iranian deaths and hundreds of thousands of radiation victims in the Persian Gulf emirates, which supply the world with one-fifth of its fuel. The hazard was so great in October that Putin ordered command teams of the Russian emergency ministry trained to deal with nuclear disasters to set out for Bushehr in southern Iran and prepare the infrastructure for larger teams.

The engineers immediately shut down the reactor and removed its 163 fuel rods. The bolts which had turned up in the reactor vessel were examined to find out from which part of the plant they had come loose – from the fuel rods – which would have embarrassed Russia as their supplier - or some other part of the reactor. The Russian source which revealed the mishap made a point of saying that the bolts were “small external parts,” indicating that they were not from the rods. Our intelligence sources in Moscow report that two possible outside causes of the malfunction are under scrutiny by Moscow and Tehran: 1. The bolts were deliberately unscrewed and dropped into the reactor vessel as an act of sabotage;

2. The Stuxnet virus which attacked Iran’s nuclear program two years ago was back and had tampered with the reactor’s computers.

Five months ago, Iran suspended operations at the Fordo underground enrichment facility near Qom after the power lines supplying the plant were sabotaged on Aug. 17 and some of the centrifuges blew up. The Iranians resumed work at Fordo in the second half of September without discovering who was responsible for the incident. However, the suspicion of sabotage at Bushehr immediately crossed the minds of the Russian and Iranian investigators, although they have not ruled an accident or incompetence. Bushehr supplies the Iran’s national electricity grid with one-fifth of its fuel and it was therefore important to get it running again without delay. Our sources report that Monday, Nov. 26, Iranian and Russian engineers reloaded the fuel rods – still without explaining why they had been removed. Friday, Nov. 30, shortly before the disclosure from Moscow, Tehran for the first time in its twenty-year nuclear program showed concern about the impact of “nuclear accidents” at Iran’s nuclear sites on the wellbeing of the population and environment. Gholamreza Massoumi, head of Iran’s accident and medical emergency center, announced: “We believe all of our emergency services should be trained and ready to face nuclear accidents.” He referred to “accidents” at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility where yellowcake is converted into highly toxic uranium hexafluoride and revealed: “People who have been in the region, for example – Isfahan’s UCF – have had some accidents for which they have been treated.”

He admitted that some employees at Isfahan had suffered from “health issues” and warned of “problems that civilians living close to nuclear sites could face.” Massourni’s comments were removed from the semi-official Mehr news agency’s website a few hours after they were published. Officials in Tehran, already jumpy over the near-catastrophe in Bushehr, must have realized that the comments about the urgent need to prepare emergency services for nuclear accidents, if tied in with the “health problems” at Isfahan and the near-disaster at Bushehr, were a recipe for a nightmare scenario of mass panic in the population and an outcry in the Gulf region against the hazards of Iran’s nuclear program – even before it produces a weapon.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushehr; caliphate; eurasianunion; iran; iranreactor; israel; jihad; nucleariran; nuclearumbrella; nukes; pootypoot; putin; religionofdeath; religionofhate; religionofpeace; religionofpieces; russia; russianempire; stuxnet; waronterror

1 posted on 12/02/2012 7:39:01 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

I may forward this to a cousin in Germany that told me that “iran is no problem.” Stupid Lib...now maybe she’ll change her tune..Germany is a lot closer to Iran than the US.Ha.


2 posted on 12/02/2012 7:43:19 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: drewh

When they say “explosion”, do they mean a true nuclear blast? Or a scattering of radioactive crap. I’m wondering because the article mentions a million would have nee killed on a blast and the resulting radiation.
I was under the impression that reactors like this really couldn’t reach critical mass, quickly enough to detonate in a true nuclear blast. That they would always end in a fizzle and meltdown that spreads nasty stuff around.


3 posted on 12/02/2012 7:51:25 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: drewh

When they say “explosion”, do they mean a true nuclear blast? Or a scattering of radioactive crap. I’m wondering because the article mentions a million would have nee killed on a blast and the resulting radiation.
I was under the impression that reactors like this really couldn’t reach critical mass, quickly enough to detonate in a true nuclear blast. That they would always end in a fizzle and meltdown that spreads nasty stuff around.


4 posted on 12/02/2012 7:51:25 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: drewh

Russia is helping to send Iran into total planetary nutcase territory. Surely it can’t believe this is a good idea even for them.

Wait until the Muslem Brotherhood shows up on their doorstep, armed with presents from Uncle Iranovoskovitch.

I predict Russia gets hit with one of the Iran offshoot nukes before we do. Karma’s a bitch...


5 posted on 12/02/2012 7:52:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

It won’t change her mind.


6 posted on 12/02/2012 7:52:28 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: drewh

When they say “explosion”, do they mean a true nuclear blast? Or a scattering of radioactive crap. I’m wondering because the article mentions a million would have nee killed on a blast and the resulting radiation.
I was under the impression that reactors like this really couldn’t reach critical mass, quickly enough to detonate in a true nuclear blast. That they would always end in a fizzle and meltdown that spreads nasty stuff around.


7 posted on 12/02/2012 7:54:20 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: drewh

Sorry for the multiple posts!


8 posted on 12/02/2012 7:55:13 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino
When they say “explosion”, do they mean a true nuclear blast? Or a scattering of radioactive crap.

Chernobyl-style explosion where rapid and sustained buildup of pressure blows up the reactor vessel and scatters radioactive crap.

Nuclear reactors don't have the ability to go critical at the level necessary to achieve a nuclear blast. Nuclear explosions, in their simplest form, require weapons-grade material (uranium or plutonium) to be almost instantly compressed to the point of critical mass. In single-stage weapons (for the sake of brevity I'm not going to go into two-stage/multiple stage thermonuclear weapons aka hydrogen bombs) this happens either gun style (one piece of enriched material is shot into another piece at a very high velocity - as with the Hiroshima/Little Boy bomb) or compression (a core of enriched material is surrounded by shaped charge explosives that are detonated to compress the core into critical mass - as with the Nagasaki/Fat Man bomb).

In nuclear reactors enriched material is brought into close enough proximity to other enriched material to create energy (heat) that is then used to boil water into steam. In a nuclear event the material gets too close/for too long or even touches, causing massive amounts of energy/heat that boils off the water too fast (causing pressure to build for a steam explosion that hauls radioactive material up into the steam cloud that results) and starts melting everything around it.
9 posted on 12/02/2012 8:04:05 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: DoughtyOne

Not to worry Prez Hussein says he can be “more flexible” now for the Russians.


10 posted on 12/02/2012 8:07:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DesertRhino

Your posting reached critical mass...


11 posted on 12/02/2012 8:08:58 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: drewh

I sure hope the iranians (small i used to denote disrespect) don’t find out that the russians are in on the sabotage.


12 posted on 12/02/2012 8:14:18 PM PST by samadams2000
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To: tanknetter

SCRAM


13 posted on 12/02/2012 8:25:25 PM PST by jungleboy
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To: samadams2000

Not likely that they are.


14 posted on 12/02/2012 8:25:37 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: drewh
I hope this isn't another pile of debka, but just in case it isn't...

Mazel tov! ;^)

15 posted on 12/02/2012 8:29:07 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: tanknetter; DesertRhino
Chernobyl-style explosion where rapid and sustained buildup of pressure blows up the reactor vessel and scatters radioactive crap.

That is my understanding as well !

16 posted on 12/02/2012 8:37:30 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: drewh
The Stuxnet virus which attacked Iran’s nuclear program two years ago was back and had tampered with the reactor’s computers.

First we had wild SUVs attacking. Now we have computers dropping bolts into a sealed chamber.

17 posted on 12/02/2012 8:55:03 PM PST by PAR35
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To: drewh

Debkafiles stories are mostly crap.


18 posted on 12/02/2012 9:03:26 PM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: drewh

Chernobyl Part Deux.


19 posted on 12/02/2012 9:05:35 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: tanknetter

I appreciate your posting #9. It was clear enough for those of us not familiar with the subject to understand.


20 posted on 12/02/2012 9:12:16 PM PST by octex
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To: drewh

Not sure how a virus puts several small bolts into the bottom of the reactor vessel. I’d probably lean toward sabotage.

Too bad it didn’t work. I mean the cheaper the oil, the better, but it’d have ended any support Iran had from other countries for its nuclear program. More would get on board to prevent these incompetent numbnuts from going nuclear than ever before.


21 posted on 12/02/2012 9:13:34 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: drewh

Not sure how a virus puts several small bolts into the bottom of the reactor vessel. I’d probably lean toward sabotage.

Too bad it didn’t work. I mean the cheaper the oil, the better, but it’d have ended any support Iran had from other countries for its nuclear program. More would get on board to prevent these incompetent numbnuts from going nuclear than ever before.


22 posted on 12/02/2012 9:19:31 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DoughtyOne

When Iran and SA are piles of rubble, the best place to get oil to most of the world are the pipelines out of Russia. The US will be fine, but Japan and Europe will become servants of Moscow.

That is what Russia is doing.


23 posted on 12/02/2012 9:32:43 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: tanknetter

Ok, that was my understanding of it too. That it couldn’t happen the way the paper said. That even in a gun bomb if the two parts are brought together at too low a velocity, that it fizzles. A plant has no hope of doing it.
But the article said a “blast that could kill millions”.
Even something like Chernobyl didnt kill that kind of people.
Just wanted to make sure i understood what was happening here. Sounds like the paper was being overly dramatic. A meltdown or steam blast is nasty. But it’s a little much to say it would kill millions. (unless you are counting the cancers, decades away, game)

I still think the best approach would be to hit Iran’s production plant with a planted nuke, made from nothing traceable to us. Then convince the world it was a terrible accident. Plan it carefully, Stick to the story forever. Here’s a cool part. WE gave the NORKS their fissile materials. If any materials are traced to us, we blame them for sharing what we gave them and stopped letting us inspect!


24 posted on 12/02/2012 9:43:27 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: drewh

Mother of all “work accidents”.


25 posted on 12/02/2012 10:42:51 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: BenLurkin

Yep. Always one to kill a guy’s nice evening aren’t you!

LOL

Have a good week...


26 posted on 12/02/2012 10:59:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: drewh

27 posted on 12/02/2012 11:02:00 PM PST by ASA Vet (There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don't.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Well..., I suppose that makes some sense. I’m not going to argue it’s wrong.


28 posted on 12/02/2012 11:03:03 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: drewh

Well now! It’s really out in the open, Iran is a Russian Client and from my point of view a probable partner in M.E. Terrorism.


30 posted on 12/03/2012 3:25:58 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Video 43 seconds - idiots giving weapons to....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Q77zCf-ig


31 posted on 12/03/2012 3:36:42 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Vermont Lt

Hmmmm. Makes sense.


32 posted on 12/03/2012 4:10:19 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: drewh

Wishing chaos confusion and doom on these allah besotted idiots. Hang in there Israel! I like the Persian people and their hot chicks. They have high IQ. They need to shuck off their Muslim oppressors


33 posted on 12/03/2012 4:52:37 AM PST by dennisw (With age comes wisdom.)
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To: listenhillary
Video 43 seconds - idiots giving weapons to....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Q77zCf-ig

Comedians these days suck. This is why I come to FR to get my daily dose of humor. Thanks for posting!alt

 

34 posted on 12/03/2012 5:01:23 AM PST by dennisw (With age comes wisdom.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Guess that’s why I haven’t talked to her in ten years.ha.


35 posted on 12/03/2012 6:14:43 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; DIRTYSECRET

Can’t change libs’ minds without a religious conversion,

because the basis of “liberalism” is hatred of and rebellion to God.


36 posted on 12/03/2012 6:18:57 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: drewh

37 posted on 12/03/2012 9:39:06 AM PST by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: MrB

exactly.


38 posted on 12/03/2012 2:43:32 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: DoughtyOne

For years I have felt that its a tossup on who needs a bullet to the brain first, Putin or Achmadinijad...


39 posted on 12/03/2012 10:45:07 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: Yehuda

Both have demonstrated they weren’t at the head of the line when common sense was being handed out. Achmar is so lame even his own people think he’s nuts.


40 posted on 12/04/2012 10:12:04 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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