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 gap between what Kahlili writes and what can be confirmed is very wide. But there is enough confirmation that there was a blast last Monday that we need to at least consider that his sources are the real deal.
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.
The source said a log on closed-circuit cameras installed by the regime to monitor the site’s three centrifuge chambers and two highly enriched uranium reserves gave this account:
The regime believes the technology used with the explosives is unknown to their forces, the source said.
- 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.
- 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.
Iranian authorities fear that opening the site from the outside in a rescue mission could possibly release radiation and uranium gas or cause further explosions, which could contaminate thousands of people living nearby, the source said.
The "power voltage frequency trigger" might jive with the stories last August of an explosion that disrupted power to the area. A test run?
According to a report from Israel radio noted by commenter Yenta Press, the IAEA was planning a visit to Fordow this week. If true, we should have some ideas pretty soon whether Kahlili's fantastic stories are accurate. Moreover, the IAEA can perform spot inspections are Fordow and Natanz with only a couple of hours notice - if they think something happened, I cannot believe that they wouldn't be paying a visit very soon.
Or get stopped trying to, which would be a confirmation of sorts as well.