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Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran
Examiner ^ | January 26, 2013 | Christopher Collins

Posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

An explosion deep within Iran’s 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 Iran’s 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 Netanyahu’s 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 regime’s 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 201301; enrichment; fordow; fordowfacility; iran; irannuclear; irannuclearblast; israel; natanz; nukes; uranium
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1 posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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?


2 posted on 01/27/2013 8:54:43 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Another natural gas leak tragedy.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 8:54:53 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Post Israeli election result?


4 posted on 01/27/2013 8:56:29 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: blueunicorn6

Ironic or is it Iranic?


5 posted on 01/27/2013 8:56:56 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: xkaydet65

How sad(snicker)


6 posted on 01/27/2013 8:57:22 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: xkaydet65

My first thought


7 posted on 01/27/2013 8:57:48 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; blam; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave; GeronL; ...
Happened last Monday....multiple threads and reports on Google searches....all come back to same Reporter at WND.
8 posted on 01/27/2013 9:00:29 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

God works in mysterious ways protecting Israel.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 9:01:07 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
.. to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb ..

I read somewhere that an actual bomb requires enrichment quite a bit higher than 90% ...

10 posted on 01/27/2013 9:01:26 AM PST by Ken522
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


11 posted on 01/27/2013 9:02:20 AM PST by montag813
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To: blueunicorn6

The were digging underground and hit shale containing hydrocarbons..../s.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 9:03:51 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: blueunicorn6

“Another natural gas leak tragedy.”

or workplace violence.


13 posted on 01/27/2013 9:03:51 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


14 posted on 01/27/2013 9:05:15 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: montag813

John Batchelor seems to have some vvery deep connections.....and I always believe him.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 9:05:59 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

oops


16 posted on 01/27/2013 9:10:06 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: xkaydet65; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle
There is this thread which seems interesting:

Davos 2013: Kissinger says Iran nuclear crisis close

17 posted on 01/27/2013 9:10:47 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All

http://youtu.be/cJ83FanXp7c


18 posted on 01/27/2013 9:11:10 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; onyx; MestaMachine; GOPsterinMA; SkyDancer
Successful Troll is Successful!

This Pleases Netanyahu.

I bet Ubama is quite mad.


19 posted on 01/27/2013 9:12:19 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Don’t suppose that N. Korea missed and hit Iran?


20 posted on 01/27/2013 9:15:06 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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