Skip to comments.Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran
Posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
An explosion deep within Irans Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday.
The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Irans nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.
The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile. The explosion occurred Monday, the day before Israeli elections weakened Netanyahus political control, said Kahlili.
Iran, to avoid alarm, had converted part of the stockpile to fuel plates for use in the Tehran Research Reactor. However, days after the recent failed talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian officials announced the enrichment process will not stop even for a moment.
"The regimes uranium enrichment process takes place at two known sites: the Natanz facility with more than 10,000 centrifuges and Fordow with more than 2,700. The regime currently has enough low-grade (3.5 percent) uranium stockpiled for six nuclear bombs if further enriched."
However, more time is needed for conversion of the low-grade uranium than what would be needed for a stockpile at 20 percent. It takes 225 kilograms of enriched uranium at the 20-percent level to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb. However, according to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow, an explosion on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Tehran time rocked the site, which is buried deep under a mountain and immune not only to airstrikes but to most bunker-buster bombs.
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Are these posts today all flowing from the WND story of the other day? One interesting coincidence is Drudge reporting that Israel is standing down from planning an air assault on Iran. If the reports of this explosion are accurate there would be less need to attack. Do the Israelis know because the explosion is the work of Mossad?
Another natural gas leak tragedy.
Post Israeli election result?
Ironic or is it Iranic?
My first thought
God works in mysterious ways protecting Israel.
I read somewhere that an actual bomb requires enrichment quite a bit higher than 90% ...
Heard this on John Batchelor’s show. Hope it is true, and hopefully all the trapped staff cannot be rescued - the “scientists” working on Auschwitz II in bomb form.
The were digging underground and hit shale containing hydrocarbons..../s.
“Another natural gas leak tragedy.”
or workplace violence.
It is amazing how many disasters this program of Iran has had. They lost the top military leaders while trying to mount a warhead to a missile. This is the second time in a couple months for Iran. Last year it was a virus. It looks like Israel is not going to be able to find a site to bomb.
John Batchelor seems to have some vvery deep connections.....and I always believe him.
This Pleases Netanyahu.
I bet Ubama is quite mad.
Don’t suppose that N. Korea missed and hit Iran?
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