Iran: Where is the IAEA?

So was there or was there not an explosion at the Fordo site in Iran last week? 

According to a story published today in Times of London:

 An explosion is believed to have damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, Israeli intelligence officials have told The Times. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday that they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli Government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and 200 workers had been trapped inside.

But to make things more interesting, the Americans are contradicting this statement.

According to Reuters:

The United States does not believe media reports about an explosion at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday.

So who is right and who is wrong?

Well, first lets see if the Iranians are going to change their current official stance, which states “there was no explosion at Fordo“.

If there is no change there, then lets hear what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to say about the alleged explosion.

The IAEA sends its inspectors to Fordo in Iran to check the quantity (ie. Kg) as well as level of uranium enrichment (ie.20%) at Fordo.

If for any reason they are blocked from visiting the Fordo during their next visit to Iran, then that could be interpreted as a sign that something is wrong.

But if they are allowed to visit as per usual and they find nothing has been changed or damaged, then WND which broke the story first is going to lose a lot of credibility. So is everyone else who said that there was an explosion in Fordo.

Was There An Explosion At the Fordo Nuclear Site in Iran?

satellite photo of Fordo nuclear site

Since this morning I have been contacted by numerous reporters asking whether the WND report about an alleged explosion at the Iranian nuclear site in Fordo is true.

The answer I have given to all reporters has been: no idea. It could be true or it could be nothing more than a figment of someone’s imagination. I recommend that you wait until the story has been corroborated by other sources. When it comes to this type of report, you need to have at least two credible sources, if not more.

But then I saw this report today which stated:

“Israel’s Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter on Sunday welcomed a report that Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility had been rocked by a huge explosion.”

The same report then goes on to say:

“Asked about the story, Dichter said, “Any explosion in Iran that doesn’t hurt people but hurts its assets is welcome.”

Although this is not a confirmation, nevertheless, it adds a very interesting angle to the story.

If the story turns out to be true, and I emphasize the word IF, it could explain why the Iranian regime has been procrastinating recently with the P5+1.

During the last few weeks the P5+1 has been trying to set a date and place with Iran for the next round of negotiations, to no avail. Much to the dissapointment of the P5+1, the Iranian side has been unwilling to commit.

This is just an assumption which could explain Iran’s unwillingness to attend the talks, if there really was an explosion at Fordo.

For now we have to wait for confirmation of the story by other sources in the press.