Once more something has gone bump in the night, or rather, boom during the day, in Iran. An explosion in a steel factory was reported as having killed 7 people in Ghadir e-Yazd.
Iranian news agencies reported Monday that an explosion in a factory in the central province of Yazd claimed seven lives and injured 12 others Sunday evening.
It appears the factory was privately-owned. There have been no reports suggesting it had any connection to nuclear facilities. Two blasts in military and nuclear facilities in Iran were reported last month.
Although there are doubts that this steel factory is connected in any way to Iran’s nuclear program, there are still suspicions that the steel might have been needed for the program.
Does the mysterious blast in Iran’s steel factory have any connection to attempts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program? Foreign reports suggesting Iran received North Korean steel used for uranium enrichment and the production of exhaust systems of missile engines may indicate that there is such a connection.
Initially, the Iranians claimed that the cause for Sunday’s blast was the penetration of water into the steel’s melting pot but later said that ammunition brought to the factory had exploded.
Less than a month ago, Germany’s Die Welt newspaper reported that North Korea had provided Iran and Syria with special maraging steel which serves for the production of facilities required to withstand high speed and heavy heat. The paper claimed that both the Iranians and the Syrians are in need of such steel for the production of new centrifuges for uranium enrichment and the manufacturing of exhaust systems for missile engines.
Iran and Syria have thus far not succeeded in manufacturing maraging steel on their own and have therefore purchased it from North Korea in order to accommodate their nuclear and missile programs, Die Welt claims. The report is based on western intelligence sources.
Moreover, the Iranians need maraging steel to manufacture the ballistic missile engines they are constructing. It is possible that they acquired the knowledge needed to create the steel from North Korea as well as assistance in the first manufacturing stages because of their need of massive quantities of the steel.
Therefore, it is extremely plausible that there is a connection between the blast that occurred at the steel plant in Yazd, at an hour not usually considered a work hour. It is also possible that this is the reason that there were “foreign civilians” among the casualties.
The blasts in Isfahan and Yazd may seem like accidents but the frequency with which the “accidents” have been occurring recently points to a new method of sabotage in the Iranian nuclear program. It is being carried out by “western factors”, Iranians operated by those factors, or maybe through “tools” that cause blasts though the tools themselves and their armament aren’t visible on the scene of the blast.
Curiouser and curiouser…