Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Mysterious Explosion In Iran

This one targeted a steel plant in in the city of Yazd, located southeast of Tehran and east of Isfahan.

The Iranian's story was originally that some water had penetrated into the steel's melting pot but they later switched that to say that some ammunition brought to the factory had exploded. What ammunition would be doing at a steel plant is anybody's guess.

Another point of interest is that the Iranians admitted that out of the seven people killed, several were foreigners. Again, what foreigners would be doing at a steel plant is anyone's guess, especially during what are normally the plant's off hours...unless you look at another piece of the puzzle. Steel figures heavily in two Iranian projects related to their rogue nuclear program.

The Iranians plan to install new high-speed centrifuges of the IR2 and IR3 type at the new Fordu uranium enrichment site buried deep in the mountainside near the city of Qom. But building those centrifuges takes large quantities of a special steel, known as maraging steel, designed to take high heat and friction generated by the speed the centrifuges spin at.

The Iranians lack the expertise and technology to make it, so they've been buying it from North Korea (with Russia's connivance, of course). The German paper Die Welt newspaper recently reported that North Korea had sold both Iran and Syria a quantity of maraging steel fairly recently.

The steel is not only required for modern centrifuges but for the construction of exhaust systems for the engines used in ballistic missiles,the other project the Iranians are interested in.

That could account for both the mysterious explosion and the death of some foreign technicians if, say, somebody wanted to delay the Iranians building those centrifuges and missile engines by ensuring that there was an 'accident' at the steel plant.

Although of course, this could all be a coincidence.Maybe someone was just a little careless.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a Mossad caused 'accident, I think.

B.Poster said...

I don't think anyone was shall we say careless. With this explosion, the other explosions, the stuxnet virus, and the death of the technicians and others with the aforementioned explosions at some point this is going to have a significant impact on Iran's nuclear weapons program.

From America's perspective, I'd say this is a good thing as those nuclear weapons would eventually be used against us or transferred to someone who would use them against us. As such, we should pray the Israelis are successful. In this regard, things seem to work much better when we stay out of Israel's way. We should continue to do so here.

Old School said...

It's a pity that the Americans aren't leading on Iran. Perhaps a change in your president will help, if that happens.

UCSPanther said...

I'd love to see an "Accident" that permanently removes the Ayatollahs...for good.