Iran explains blasts near nuclear plant — Analysis

Iran claimed that an explosion at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in the wee hours of Monday morning was caused by an Air Defense drill. The military is currently playing war games all over the country.

Mohammadtaqi Irani the Iranian deputy governor, spoke to Iranian state media Monday to say that Bushehr had been hosting early morning maneuvers as preparation for any future aggression. 

“This air defense exercise took place at 5am local time, with full preparation and coordination with the armed forces,”Irani declared.

Prior to Irani’s statement, there had been reports of anti-aircraft fire in the area around the power station. Online video seems to show air defense drills being conducted. 

State media reported that Iran has launched Payambar e Azam, the 17th edition of its five-day annual war games. [The Great Prophet]. 

The joint drills are taking place along the shores of the Persian Gulf, in the Strait of Hormuz, and in the provinces of Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Khuzestan, and involve the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ ground, naval, and air force units.

An Iranian senior military commander sent a menacing message at Israel to mark the commencement of the exercises. “If Israel carries out attacks against Iran, our armed forces will immediately attack all centers, bases, routes, and spaces used to carry out the aggression,”Major General Gholamali Rashed said that he would swear to a “crushing”According to Nournews, the response was 

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Iran’s nuclear sites have long been the source of international attention. For the past year, parties have sporadically met in Vienna with the aim of bringing Iran and the US back in line with the terms of an Obama-era atomic deal, which put constraints on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Trump, then-President of America, unilaterally pulled America off the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action 2018. He also re-imposed harsh economic sanctions upon Iran as part of an extreme pressure campaign. Iran countered by withdrawing from a variety of agreements it had previously made to the terms of that deal.



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