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“Foreign State” Blamed for Explosion at Iranian Nuclear Facility; Hezbollah Targets IDF in Bomb at Lebanese Border

“Foreign State” Blamed for Explosion at Iranian Nuclear Facility; Hezbollah Targets IDF in Bomb at Lebanese Border

A Kuwaiti newspaper known as  al-Rai has recently reported that  anonymous European diplomatic sources in Washington have revealed that Iran ordered its Lebanese terrorist proxy Hezbollah to carry out a bomb attack on Israeli forces patrolling the Israel-Lebanon border last Tuesday. The border attack came only days after an alleged attack on the Parchin nuclear facility in Iran "by a foreign state," said the newspaper.

In a blog that appeared on The Weekly Standard web site, David Albright, head of the Institute for Science and International Security told the New York Times that the explosion at Parchin “could have been an accident.”  Views differ dramatically however as the blog indicates that Hussain Abdul-Hussain wrote in Al-Rai, (the Kuwaiti newspaper) that “the massive blast…. was no accident, but a premeditated attack by a foreign country.”  The blog indicates that Hussain further contends that Iran believes Israel was behind the operation and guilty of sabotage.

Two IDF soldiers were injured when a bomb that was planted by Hezbollah was detonated in the Har Dov region on the Israeli-Lebanese border on Tuesday, Oct 7. A second bomb blast hit the region approximately a half hour after the first one, but no damages or injuries were reported.

In a statement, Hezbollah said the group "detonated an explosive device on the Shebaa hills against a motorized Israeli patrol causing a number of injuries among the occupation's soldiers.”

INN reported that the group said the attack was carried out by the "martyr Hassan Ali Haidar unit," which is named for a Hezbollah member killed on September 5 when an Israeli listening device in Lebanon was detonated remotely as he tried to dismantle it.

The two wounded soldiers were defined as suffering from moderate and light wounds following the blast.  The Israeli military said the soldiers were on the Israeli side of the border when they were targeted.

"Two soldiers were injured by an explosive device. It was activated against them during activity near the Lebanon border," a military spokeswoman said. "Initial reports indicate it was intended to attack soldiers."

Initial reports indicate that an explosion took place at Iran’s Parchin nuclear plant on Sunday, October 5, and killed at least two people, among them an unnamed "nuclear expert", according to Iranian media. INN has reported that the Iranian government has made no statement on the matter, and nearly all reports in the incident are based on reports from sites outside of Iran, most of them run by anti-government groups outside the country.

Satellite images taken of the Parchin military compound  show “damage consistent with an attack” at the site, according to an earlier report by the Israel Defense website on Thursday.

According to a JPost report, the images form evidence that “refutes the denials of the Iranian government” and prove that the explosion at Parchin – which has been linked by Western intelligence to nuclear missile fuse trials – “indeed occurred inside the military compound.”

The images “clearly show damage consistent with an attack against bunkers in a central locality within the military research complex at the Parchin military compound,” the report added.

Significant damage had occurred at the site, according to satellite images taken before and after the October 5th explosion.  When the images were compared, it appeared that various edifices on the Parchin compound were missing after the blast was reported, according to the JPost report.

Intelligence sources in Israel Defense said the damage occurred at the center of the Parchin compound, “adjacent to another installation where, according to intelligence sources, the trials being conducted involve controlled detonation of fuses intended to serve as triggers for nuclear devices,” as was reported by the Jerusalem Post.

The opposition Saham news outlet claimed the blast was so powerful it shattered windows some 15 kilometers away from the site, raising the possibility that a far more destructive explosion had taken place than official outlets are letting on, according to an INN report.

The semi-official Isna news agency claimed the explosion took place at around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday after a fire erupted in an "explosive materials production unit".

"Unfortunately, due to the incident, two workers of this production unit lost their lives," the site reported. Other Iranian outlets cited witnesses who said a "loud explosion" could be heard several kilometers away.

Iran has refused to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to access Parchin since 2005, and both opposition figures and others have accused the regime of using the site to house an illegal nuclear weapons program.

Last month, Israel's Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said he had "reliable information" that Parchin was being used for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.

The latest development comes as talks between Iran and world powers remain deadlocked over Iran's illegal nuclear program, as a November 24 deadline for a permanent deal fast approaches.

In the aftermath of the explosion at the Parchin facility, it was reported by USA Today that Iran had admitted it had “tested ‘exploding bridge wires’” and “not neutron initiators.”

In a report filed by Arutz Sheva reporter and columnist Mark Langfan, he explains how the  IAEA in November 2011 reported that it had received “highly credible” information that Iran had tested “neutron initiators" at the site, and that Iran had told it that it had in its possession exploding bridge wire technology.

The same November 2011 IAEA report also reported that Iran had tested exploding bridge wires. Exploding bridge wires act to simultaneously trigger the conventional explosives components of a nuclear bomb, so as to create the right condition for the nuclear core to fully detonate in a nuclear reaction.

In specific, the IAEA November 2011 Annex stated that "among the alleged studies documentation are a number of documents relating to the development by Iran, during the period 2002–2003, of fast functioning detonators, known as 'exploding bridgewire detonators' or 'EBWs.'"

It added that in 2008, Iran told the IAEA that "before the period 2002–2004, it had already achieved EBW technology. Iran also provided the Agency with a short undated document in Farsi, understood to be the specifications for a detonator development program, and a document from a foreign source showing an example of a civilian application in which detonators are fired simultaneously. However, Iran has not explained to the Agency its own need or application for such detonators."

"Given their [EBWs’] possible application in a nuclear explosive device, and the fact that there are limited civilian and conventional military applications for such technology, Iran’s development of such detonators and equipment is a matter of concern," warned the IAEA document.

As recently as September 5, the IAEA reiterated that Iran is still trying to explain its civilian, non-nuclear-weapon, "need" for explosive bridge wires.

Such an implosion bomb was estimated by A.Q. Khan, father of the Pakistani nuclear-bomb, to be able to achieve a 20-21 kiloton yield equivalent to the plutonium implosion bomb code-named “Fat Man” that was dropped on Nagasaki August 9, 1945, and killed an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 people outright.

 

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