The Times reported today that Iran’s uranium conversion facility in Isfahan was hit by a huge explosion on Monday. The Iranian government has denied that any explosions have occurred in the city.
The Times, basing its report on satellite images of the Isfahan facility seen by its staff, said the images showed “billowing smoke and destruction… (confirming) that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.” [The Times, 30 November, reprinted at The Australian, 30 November].
The report of the explosion at Isfahan uranium conversion facility (UCF) came as satellite images emerged of the damage caused by an earlier explosion at IRGC ballistic missile base outside Tehran two weeks ago that killed Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, the head of the Iranian ballistic missile program, and other IRGC personnel.
On Monday, Isfahan residents reported a blast and seeing a cloud of smoke rising on the edge of the city, where the UCF is situated.
If the reports of the explosion at Isfahan UCF are correct, the Israeli intelligence would be seen as the perpetrator. The Times quotes Dan Meridor, the Israeli Intelligence Minister, as saying, “There are countries who impose economic sanctions and there are countries who act in other ways in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat.”