IAEA: No Sign of Explosion at Iran Enrichment Plant

Backs Iran's Denial, Leaving Little Doubt Reports Were False

Weekend reports floating around about an enormous Israel-US sabotage bombing destroying a large portion of the Fordow nuclear enrichment plant in Qom have been repeatedly denied, and seem to be finally, totally discredited as the IAEA has stepped in to say they see no sign of an explosion either.

The report initially came as an evidence-free claim by self-proclaimed former CIA agent Reza Kahlili, and was picked up and spread around several outlets. Iran was quick to deny the claim, but rumors surrounding it lingered.

Yesterday even the US went on record saying they doubted the claim, and now the IAEA, which has live cameras at the site and would presumably know if it was in ruins with hundreds trapped within, says they don’t see any evidence to back up the claim either.

The only ones who haven’t rejected the report are Israel, as the nation’s acting Defense Minister reacted to the initial rumor by terming it, and indeed any explosions in Iran, as “good news.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.