Iran: Al-Zargan power plant blows up in powerful, mysterious explosion
BREAKING: A powerful explosion occurred at the al-Zargan power plant in Ahvaz, days after Parchin ballistic missile plant and Natanz nuclear facility where Iran was developing advanced centrifuges for faster uranium enrichment, blew up in mysterious explosions.
Al-Zargan power plant is linked to Iranian nuclear plants such as Bushehr and Darkhoyen.
A powerful explosion occurred at al-Zarqan power plant in Ahvaz, days after Iran’s Parchin ballistic missile plant and Natanz nuclear facility where Iran was developing advanced centrifuges for faster uranium enrichment, blew up in mysterious explosions. https://t.co/yln5hKZqZ8 pic.twitter.com/u4WSjeaj22
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Yesterday, Iran threatened with retaliation against any country that carries out cyberattacks on its nuclear sites.
An article issued by state news agency IRNA addressed what it called the possibility of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States, although it stopped short of accusing either directly.
Israeli Channel 13 reported that Israel is bracing for possible Iranian retaliation.
The blast at Natanz was the effect of a cyberattack aimed at gas compression controls, the Kuwaiti al-Jarida newspaper revealed on Friday, adding the explosion made a “crack” in the reactor building.
The Kuwaiti newspaper cited a “senior security source” as saying that the strike delayed the Iranian nuclear program by two months.
According to the report, last week’s blast in Iran’s Parchin ballistic missile plant, a major weapons research, development and manufacturing center, was the result of an airstrike conducted by Israeli F-35 stealth jet.
Both attacks were aimed at Iran’s stock of UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) gas — a key component of the uranium enrichment process for both reactor fuel and weapons.
The strikes resulted in Iran losing over 80 percent of its UF6 reserves, which would greatly slow down Tehran’s enrichment ambitions.