Even Iran diplomat confirms nuke plant blast

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad says his bomb is ready if Israel attacks

Reza Kahlili_avatarbyReza Kahlili, from WND.com, 02/06/12 – ArabicPeace-1A European intelligence agency, an Iranian diplomat and a Latin  American intelligence source have joined the growing list of those who have  confirmed to WND the deadly explosions at Iran’s Fordow nuclear site.

Media and unofficial speculation points to Israel as the culprit in its  efforts to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons. Several Iranian leaders have  said repeatedly in the past it is their duty to wipe out the Jewish state.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in interviews Wednesday with media,  said the Islamic regime has already achieved nuclear capability but is not  interested in attacking the “Zionist entity.” If Israel attacks first, he said,  Iran is   ready destroy it.

WND reported the Jan. 21 explosions exclusively on   Jan. 24, with updates on   Jan. 27,   29,   30,   31, and   Feb. 3. The blasts at first trapped 219 workers, including 16 North Koreans:  14 technicians and two military attaches. A Fordow security source told WND that  as of three days ago, at least 40 people have been killed, including two North  Koreans, and more than 60 injured, some in critical condition.

The foreign services division of a European intelligence agency, in  confirming the explosions, said its information was verified by assets in Iran’s  government. The Islamic regime is now cleaning up the site and assessing the  damage. The agency above cannot be named due to the sensitivity of the issue,  which could derail talks   scheduled for Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan between Iran and the 5-plus-1 countries:  the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

A high-ranking Iranian diplomat serving in an Iranian consulate in Asia,  whose name cannot be revealed due to security, told WND that an order from  Iran’s Foreign Ministry was issued days after the explosion to all of its  embassies, ambassadors, deputy chiefs and spokesmen that no interviews on Fordow  can be given to news agencies and that any response to queries by reporters  should refer only to a statement by the White House and a report by news  agencies on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters last week, “We have no  information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the  report is credible.”

Then in an unusual move, IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor emailed reporters a  brief statement: “We understand that Iran has denied that there has been an  incident at Fordow. This is consistent with our observations.”

However, when pushed by WND, Tudor could neither confirm nor deny the  incident had taken place and would not say whether IAEA inspectors had visited  the site after the explosions, despite some media reports that they had.

In fact, the IAEA has not visited the site since the explosions despite media  rumors it has, said the security source at Fordow who originally provided the  information on the explosions.

In a   letter to the IAEA two days after the explosions, Iran said it plans to  install thousands of its upgraded centrifuges at its Natanz facility. The source  said this was a direct result of the explosions at Fordow. The White House  called it a “provocation,” and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said  the addition of upgraded centrifuges at Natanz would be “unacceptable.”

Fordow nuclear site - DigitalGlobe Image on the day  of reported explosion Jan 21, 2013

Fordow nuclear site – DigitalGlobe Image on the day of reported explosion Jan 21, 2013.

The Islamic regime, while preparing for talks with the 5-plus-1 powers and  bilateral talks with representatives of the Obama administration, is also  preparing to retaliate against the U.S., some European countries and Israel,  according to an officer in a Latin America intelligence agency who confirmed the  explosions to WND.This further verifies information provided by a former intelligence officer  of the regime, Hamidreza Zakeri, and Iranian sources of the explosions.

Fordow nuclear site - DigitalGlobe Jan 21, 2013 - Unusual activity with several cars in and out of the security post on the day of the reported explosionRead more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/iran-diplomat-foreign-intel-confirm-fordow-blasts/#bAOkR7uYuOBIvSRJ.99

Fordow nuclear site – DigitalGlobe Jan 21, 2013 – Unusual activity with several cars in and out of the security post on the day of the reported explosion.

Interestingly, in a Feb. 2   interview with Fars News Agency, an outlet of the Revolutionary Guards,  Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Sepehr boasted that Iran is “the fourth biggest  cyber power among the world’s cyber armies.”

Reports  on Feb. 4 indicated that in a major cyber attack on the U.S. Department of  Energy two weeks ago, 14 computer servers and 20 workstations were penetrated.  The FBI is investigating the attack. Iran has previously been accused of  conducting cyber attacks on U.S. banks and oil facilities in the Persian Gulf  region.

Fordow nuclear site - DigitalGlobe Image Jan 21-2013 - Security checking one entrance to the siteRead more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/iran-diplomat-foreign-intel-confirm-fordow-blasts/#bAOkR7uYuOBIvSRJ.99

Fordow nuclear site – DigitalGlobe Image Jan 21-2013 – Security checking one entrance to the site.

Fordow nuclear site - DigitalGlobe Image Jan 21-2013 - Security at the same time checking another entrance to the site.

Fordow nuclear site – DigitalGlobe Image Jan 21-2013 – Security at the same time checking another entrance to the site.

Iran, through its official   news agency IRNA,assailed WND as a media outlet “under the direct control of  the CIA” and WND’s Reza Kahlili as a tool of the CIA to expand propaganda  against the regime in the face of its nuclear progress.

The Fordow nuclear site was central to the regime’s nuclear bomb program,  built 300 feet under the belly of a mountain where over 2,700 upgraded  centrifuges were enriching uranium to the 20 percent level. That level could  within weeks be further enriched to nuclear weapons grade.

Documents on the explosions at Fordow and further verification will be  revealed on WND soon.

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Reza Kahlili_avatarReza  Kahlili, author of the award-winning book “A  Time to Betray”, served in CIA Directorate of Operations, as a spy in the  Iranian Revolutionary Guard, counterterrorism expert; currently serves on the  Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress and  the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI). He regularly  appears in national and international media as an expert on Iran and  counterterrorism in the Middle East.  rss feed Subscribe to feed

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