Allegations: Iran Conducted a Nuclear Test Detonation

ByFathi Maraghi (Ph.D.)

All evidence reflects the possibility of Iran having conducted a nuclear bomb test in November 2017. The Kermanshah Earthquake, the killing of Seyed Imami in prison, along with the Iranian authorities’ announcing the finding of Spy Lizards on its nuclear program refer- especially the latter- to the possibility of an Iranian nuclear test detonation.
» Frequent earthquakes: what is the reason?
Normally, when a country plans to make a nuclear bomb it conducts several underground nuclear test detonations. For example, when India and Pakistan conducted such tests, the world was unaware that both countries were in the final stage of making a nuclear bomb. Scientifically, a nuclear test explosion might cause a massive earthquake like a natural one. Only by measuring the depth and source of an earthquake, using seismographs- Iran does not have one for the time being- we can determine whether the earthquake is natural- if its source is more than ten kilometers deep- or resulting from a nuclear test explosion- if the source is less than ten kilometers deep.
On November 12, 2017, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale struck Kermanshah in West Iran located on the border between Iraq and Iran with a varying depth of eight to forty kilometers. Kermanshah is located within the Zagros fold and the thrust belt, part of the broad and complex zone of continental collision between the Eurasian and Arabian plates where the relative convergence of the plates is about 2.6 cm per year. The Arabian plate moves Northeastward, resulting in the widening of the Red Sea and the colliding of the Arabian plate with the Zagros Mountains in western Iran. In fact, a nuclear detonation in the Lot Desert in Middle Iran (the expected location for this nuclear test) would result in a massive earthquake at the point where both plates meet. The American Al-Monitor, March 5, 2018, said that the US Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan had signed a waiver authorizing an American Maryland-based company to sell wireless equipment to Iran so that it can monitor nuclear explosions. On March 2, the US administration approved the sale of digital technology for monitoring nuclear explosions to Iran upon the request of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The CTBTO oversees the ban on nuclear test denotations in the world, even though, the United States and Iran are not members of CTBTO. In fact, this detection system can differentiate between natural earthquakes and those caused by nuclear explosions, which reflects the United States and the CTBTO suspicion on the possibility of a nuclear test explosion conducted by Iran.
» Suspicious Statements
Iran carried out suspicious procedures when it arrested several scientists specialized in preserving Iranian wildlife like Kavous Seyed Emami, Murad Tahbaz, and Nilofer Bayani an advisor on wildlife conservation at the United Nations. The IRGC intelligence arm justified these arrests by arguing that these scientists were agitating domestic and international public opinion against the projects implemented by the IRGC in Middle and West Iran, such as the building of dams and river diversions. Later, the IRGC changed its accusations to “Accessing banned strategic zones and espionage for Western countries”. The arrest campaign targeting Iranian scientists began on January 24, 2018- after the Kermanshah earthquake. These scientists conducted studies on Jaguars and several lizards within the framework of the Iranian Wildlife Heritage Foundation headed by Seyed Imami in Yazd and the Kermanshah Mountains. Two weeks after the arrests, the Iranian authorities announced that Imami had committed suicide in prison. In addition to the absence of any reason for him committing suicide, prisons in Iran are monitored by cameras. An Iranian Parliamentary Committee witnessed the camera footage in the presence of senior IRGC officers, but made controversial statements, such as, “Kavous Emami took off his shirt, hit the camera to break it and then he hung himself with the same shirt.”
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The other suspicious issue is the statement made by Hassan Firouzabadi, the former Chief of the Iranian armed forces and the current advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader when he said, “The United States sends Lizards to spy on Iran’s nuclear program.” In addition to the impossibility of the availability of such technology, a question arises here, why don’t we propose that these creatures were infected by nuclear contamination resulting from an Iranian nuclear test explosion?
Also, Abadi gave an unscientific statement when he said, “The skin of these Lizards attracts nuclear radiation from the uranium mines.” By saying this, Abadi contradicted himself because, in the beginning, he talked about spy lizards transported from the West to spy on Iran and then, he talked about contaminated creatures because of their proximity to uranium mines. In fact, Firouzabadi’s statement looked as an explanation for why the lizards’ skin was infected by nuclear contamination. Scientifically, these reptiles cannot carry any nuclear contamination for being close to crude uranium mines, but for being affected by radiological activities resulting from nuclear detonations or at least high rates of uranium enrichment activities. Indeed, these suspicions increase the possibility of covert nuclear test explosions conducted by Iran deep underground in the Lot Desert in November 2017, which means the declaration of Iran having a nuclear bomb has become imminent.

Opinions in this article reflect the writer’s point of view, not necessarily the view of Rasanah

Fathi Maraghi (Ph.D.)
Fathi Maraghi (Ph.D.)
Head of Center for Researches and Studies in Rasanah