The PJ Tatler

Report: Massive Explosion at Iran Nuclear Facility

The Times of Israel reports that there was a massive explosion at the Parchin nuclear explosives plant last night.

The BBC, citing a report from the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), reported on Monday that the incident happened in an “explosive materials production unit” at the site south-east of the capital Tehran.

According to ISNA the blast was so powerful it shattered windows up to 12 kilometers away and the glare from the explosion lit up the night sky.

Several arms facilities and military bases are located east of the Iranian capital, including Parchin. UN nuclear inspectors have been seeking to visit the site to answer concerns about Iran’s atomic program.


Parchin is one of the plants that the International Atomic Energy Agency has sought to visit, but Iran has denied access to it. IAEA inspectors are due to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program tomorrow in Tehran.

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