I am qualifying my post by stating- What exactly happened is very unclear! This incident may or may not have occured as Israeli media is suggesting. Accidental? Intentional? Fire? Explosion? Bombing? Can’t be sure. Whichever the case, for the reason of timing alone, this news is curious.
The UN show. Ongoing P5+1 talks. And the situation on the northern border of Syria.
Iran: nuclear talks might be extended if November deadline missedThe Syrian Border sideshow
"Iran and the P5+1 (major world powers) are very serious on resolving the remaining disputes by November ... but everything including an extension is possible if we cannot reach an agreement," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.
The aerial bombing, allegedly of ISIS in Syria, right along the northern border with Turkey-
Kurdish village fallen or not? With Turkish troops standing by. This very area just so happens to be part of the ‘best possible’ route for Israel to bomb Iran- Not saying Israel did or didn’t. Just saying this is the area and the entire situation in that location has been feeling contrived. These potential attack routes have been covered previously at the blog. On more then one occasion
The timing and location of yet another mysterious blast in Iran should raise more than a few questions.
In a little-noted news item ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech to the United Nations General Assembly late last month, Israel accused Iran of conducting nuclear implosion tests at its controversial Parchin military facility.
In theory, the allegation—said to be based on "highly reliable information"—was meant to inspire action by the international consortium that initally put sanctions on Iran and its budding nuclear program. Negotiations over a long-term deal between Iran and six major countries have had their setbacks, worrying some (Israel) that the push to stop Iran's nuclear program had been lost to other, more pressing causes.
As ISIS dominated much of the United Nations agenda, the incendiary report didn't get much traction. That left Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the hard work of connecting the dots.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy water reactor? Would you let ISIS develop intercontinental ballistic missiles?" Netanyahu asked in his United Nations speech. "Of course you wouldn’t. Then you mustn't let the Islamic State of Iran do those things either."
Miraculously enough, (coincidentally?) on Monday, reports broke about an incident that took place at or near the Parchin site in Iran on Sunday night. According to the BBC, one Iranian opposition site described the event as a massive explosion that lit up the sky and shattered windows over nine miles away. The semi-official Islamic Republic News Agency dubbed the episode a "fire [that] broke out in an explosives producing factory in eastern Tehran," neglecting to include the name Parchin and adding that two people had died. Neither source mentioned or even speculated upon the cause of the incident.
It's widely believed (Believed? It's widely known!) that the United States and Israel have engaged in a heavy regimen of sabotage against the suspected Iranian nuclear program including, but not limited to, crippling computer viruses, the assassination of nuclear scientists, and a series of mysterious explosions that have killed high-level targets and damaged facilities.
This development comes just hours before Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were reportedly set to meet in Tehran. The Parchin complex, which has long been a site that the U.S. and Israel say might be part of an illicit Iranian nuclear program, has not been inspected by the IAEA since 2005. If the episode in Iran is some kind of sub-rosa attack, the timing couldn't be better.from BBC, linked above
So what is going on? Mark Fitzpatrick has his theories.
"After all the attention on Parchin, it's unlikely that Iran would still be using it for nuclear weapons-related work - if indeed it was ever so being used
If, on the other hand, Iran was developing nuclear weapons there and refused inspections, then it would be a prime target for a pre-emptive military strike. That's why there was so much interest when a large explosion was reported at Parchin.First post today
"But so far there is no evidence that the explosion took place at facilities suspected of being involved in nuclear efforts."