Iran has denied reports of a major explosion at Fordo uranium enrichment plant near Qom. The Times of London yesterday quoted Israeli intelligence officials as confirming that a major explosion has rocked Fordo last week. International news agencies, however, have not been able to verify the report that originated at a right-wing website on Friday, citing information from a former Iranian intelligence officer.
Iran's semi-official news agency ISNA quoted Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, a military commander, as saying: “I deny an explosion at the Fordo site.”
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) deputy director, Shamseddin Barbroudi, also denied the report of an explosion in Fordo. (IRNA/Reuters, 28 January)
File photo: Isfahan uranium processing plant, 2009 (AP/Vahid Salemi)