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What Happened at Fordo?

January 29th 2013

Iran Nuclear Equipment centrifuges

North Korean scientists are among those trapped inside an Iranian nuclear facility at Fordo, the victims of a blast that occurred last week.

Despite a U.S. denial, the news Web site that originally broke the story, WND.com, revealed new details Tuesday of the Jan. 21 explosion. "Sixteen North Koreans, including 14 technicians and two top military officers, are among those trapped after a Jan. 21 explosion destroyed much of Iran’s Fordow nuclear site, a source reveals. The source who provided the initial information on the explosion at Fordow has now provided details of the explosion and the degree of the destruction at one of Iran’s most important nuclear sites."

According WND’s source, 36 North Korean technicians and military officers visited two Iranian nuclear sites on on Jan. 15 and 17. At the Fordow site, the North Koreans were to witness the commencement of six cascades of "174 new-generation, speedier centrifuges." WND's source said security cameras recorded the following events: "On Jan 21, 14 members of the North Korean team and two military officers now stationed at Fordow along with Iranian scientists started the process of feeding uranium gas into the newly set-up cascades at 9:15 a.m. Tehran time. At 10:43 a.m., due to a drop in power pressure, system warning signs went off, but everything went back to normal after two minutes."

WND continues: "At 11:36 a.m., five explosions occurred concurrently in the centrifuge chambers, two explosions in the uranium reserve enclosures and a subsequent explosion in the main hallway close to the exit. At the time of the explosions, a very bright red and purple light distorted the image and an extremely loud noise could be heard. Before the explosions knocked out the cameras, interior walls could be seen coming down within the centrifuge chambers. All the explosions seemed to have been initiated from the ceilings. All cameras on the lowest floor (about 300 feet deep under a mountain) and the floor above it (about 250 feet deep) were knocked out, and only two cameras above the installation where security personnel are stationed were working. Security forces immediately informed their superiors, who ordered them to remain in the monitoring room and avoid further communication with the outside world until counterintelligence forces arrived. Twenty-one personnel were gathered in a conference room to await further instruction. Security forces were then told to close down all surrounding roads. Approximately two hours after the explosions, counterintelligence agents arrived and, after interviewing personnel and reviewing tapes, initially concluded that explosives may have been placed in ceiling lamps with some kind of trigger mechanism controlled by a power voltage frequency. The last images show eight personnel in anti-radiation clothing trying desperately to secure one of the rooms. "

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The United States said Monday it could not confirm reports of a massive explosion inside the Fordo facility. White House spokesman Jay Carney issued the denial, telling reporters that the U.S. has "no information to confirm the allegations in the report." He went on to say that the administration does not "believe the report is credible. We don't believe those are credible reports." Earlier the same day, Israeli officials were quoted anonymously saying that they could confirm the report, though they did know the details of the explosion. They did not officially deny Israeli involvement, but implied that there was none.

The Fordo facility is one of the most important to Iran's nuclear program, and is heavily involved in the enrichment of uranium necessary for the building of a nuclear weapon.

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