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The American press has put forward its version of the explosion at a rocket plant in Iran

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The American publication The National Interest pondered the causes of the recent explosion at a rocket plant in Iran. But US official structures are still silent.


What happened at the rocket factory and why Iran is silent about the details of the explosion


The explosion in question thundered at a secret military facility 20 km east of Tehran. The company is located in the mountains of Alborz, underground tunnels lead to it. According to some reports, the facility is conducting research on the parameters of cruise missiles. American military intelligence classifies this plant as one of the largest such facilities not only in Iran, but throughout the Middle East.

Initially, the Iranian authorities tried to hide the consequences and scale of the explosion, saying that there was only an accidental gas leak. But then the veil of silence opened: Brigadier General Goliamreza Jalali at a conference on protection against chemical weapons admitted that the explosion was caused by hacking of computer networks. True, a high-ranking Iranian general made a slip of the tongue: until the investigation is completed, put forward any complaints and comment on what happened prematurely.

Satellite images indicate damage to the Khojir missile complex, although Iranian authorities had previously stated that the explosion occurred in the Parchin industrial park, which is at a fairly decent distance from the missile plant. It is interesting that the incident occurred precisely when the United Nations again, with the submission of the United States, intensified its discussion of the Iranian missile program and the risks that it brings to peace and tranquility in the Middle East.

Here are the shots of the rocket factory:




Obviously, neither the United States nor Iran are yet interested in revealing reliable information about the events at the rocket plant. Each of the parties has its own reasons. If the explosion really was the result of the actions of American or Israeli intelligence, then the United States or Israel can be accused of sabotage, terrorist activity in the territory of a sovereign state. But Iran now is not profitable to disclose additional data about its missile program, and after all, a public investigation into the circumstances of the incident may declassify some data on developments being carried out at a rocket plant in the mountains of Alborz.

Experts: it could be cyber diversion


Meanwhile, even the American edition of The National Interest draws attention to the interest of the United States and Israel in hindering the Iranian missile program. For many years, American and Israeli intelligence agencies tried their best to hinder the development of Iranian missile weapons, using both cyber warfare methods and overt crimes such as contract killings of Iranian nuclear physicists.


The expert on cyberthreats Daniel Frey believes that the use of cyber weapons allows the conflict to remain in the form of a cyber war, preventing it from developing into a real armed confrontation with poorly predicted and negative geopolitical consequences. Now Iran, like the DPRK, according to Frey, is seriously inferior in terms of the level of development of cyber weapons to both Russia and China, and the United States. The cyber threats counteraction systems used by the Iranian special services are also not effective enough. For example, in April 2019, they were unable to prevent U.S. intelligence from conducting operations against the databases of Iranian tankers.

So far, American and Israeli diplomats have denied that their countries were somehow involved in the events at the Iranian factory. Given the reluctance of Iran itself to reveal all the cards, it is likely that this incident will be released on the brakes. But it is possible that Iran will try to take some kind of retaliatory measure, for example, in the form of a sabotage raid controlled by Teheran radical forces in Iraq.
Photos used:
Twitter / Raf Sanchez, Iran Military
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  1. iouris
    iouris 2 July 2020 14: 11 New
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    Never admit it.
    1. Civil
      Civil 2 July 2020 14: 20 New
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      More like Israel, they somehow launched a virus to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.
      1. antivirus
        antivirus 2 July 2020 15: 06 New
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        no, Iran deliberately blew up a building - simulated an explosion in Dimon
  2. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 2 July 2020 14: 23 New
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    So far, American and Israeli diplomats have denied that their countries were somehow involved in the events at the Iranian factory.


    That's why I love such journalistic tricks?
    It seems to be a simple phrase, but how it sounds!
    Well, since American diplomats do not run against the Israeli ones to declare (where? To whom?) That the Tararams were arranged by their Persians, that means they deny it. That's right.
    Although, it is completely not clear where and to whom they deny this? Who asked them?

    Journalists, of course, are not happy: well, is it really difficult for someone who broke a bank to take over a beer stall?
    1. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 2 July 2020 14: 27 New
      +4
      June 30, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the beginning of the meeting with US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook. “I believe that the time has come to impose sanctions on retaliatory measures,” Netanyahu said, The Jerusalem Post reports. “I don’t think we can afford to wait.” We should not wait until Iran begins its breakthrough to nuclear weapons, because then it will be too late for sanctions https://eadaily.com/en/news/2020/06/30/netanyahu-izrail-ne-pozvolit-proryva- irana-k-yadernomu-oruzhiyu
      1. A. Privalov
        A. Privalov 2 July 2020 14: 33 New
        +1
        I don’t know what "return measures" are, but Israel will continue to take action against the Iranian military presence in Syria and the Middle East region in general, as well as against its nuclear ambitions.
        “I tell the Ayatollahs in Tehran that Israel will continue to take the actions necessary to prevent you from creating another terrorist and military front against Israel in Syria, and I tell (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad that you are risking the future of your country and of your (political) regime, ”Netanyahu said.

        This is there, at your link.
        1. To be or not to be
          To be or not to be 2 July 2020 15: 10 New
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          And this is for you from three presidents hi
          11. Reaffirmed the need to respect universally recognized international legal decisions, including the provisions of relevant UN resolutions that reject the occupation of the Syrian Golan, especially UN Security Council resolution 497, and, accordingly, condemned the decision of the US administration on the occupied Syrian Golan, which is a gross violation of international law and creates threat to regional peace and security. They consider Israeli military attacks in Syria destabilizing, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, as well as leading to increased tension in the region.
          (Joint statement by the Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey
          July 1, 2020) http://kremlin.ru/supplement/5540
          1. A. Privalov
            A. Privalov 2 July 2020 15: 25 New
            +4
            Quote: To be or not to be
            And this is for you from three presidents hi
            11. Reaffirmed the need to respect universally recognized international legal decisions, including the provisions of relevant UN resolutions that reject the occupation of the Syrian Golan, especially UN Security Council resolution 497, and, accordingly, condemned the decision of the US administration on the occupied Syrian Golan, which is a gross violation of international law and creates threat to regional peace and security. They consider Israeli military attacks in Syria destabilizing, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, as well as leading to increased tension in the region.
            (Joint statement by the Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey
            July 1, 2020) http://kremlin.ru/supplement/5540

            Now, if they had said about the need to implement the decisions of UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262, this would be surprising. And so, a small concussion by large people.
            By the way, Turkey voted "For" in the UN - in other words, against the Russian Federation, and Israel did not even go to vote and did not support sanctions against the Russian Federation. That's it.
            In the General Assembly, everyone is equal and the voice of little Israel is no less important than the voice of any large state.
            1. To be or not to be
              To be or not to be 2 July 2020 15: 31 New
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              UN General Assembly Resolutions 68/262,

              24 UN member countries did not vote: including Iran, Israel, what unanimity between Iran and Israel Can you when ..... a joke ..
              1. A. Privalov
                A. Privalov 2 July 2020 15: 33 New
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                Quote: To be or not to be
                You can when ..... a joke ..

                We can. Only the reasons are different. Seriously.
          2. Vitaly gusin
            Vitaly gusin 2 July 2020 15: 54 New
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            Quote: To be or not to be
            And this is for you from three presidents

            Or we can read this "document" between the lines.
            The Golan Heights went to Israel after the Six Day War. In 1967 i.e. 53 years old and suddenly began to fall beside the Sultan, dreaming of creating a missing empire, the second dreams of a missing Persian kingdom. V.V. Putin does not want to bother them dream. He does not need these dreamers in Syria, and give birth to another paper Oh! How much paper was written out over 73 years and how many salivations flowed, but remained the same.
  3. prior
    prior 2 July 2020 14: 30 New
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    Well, who after that is an international terrorist!?
  4. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 2 July 2020 14: 42 New
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    Sadly, something banged at the Iranian factory. Sad ... and funny! Kipling had an interesting episode in the childhood story about Mowgli. It spoke of a snake surviving its poison. Aged cobra, can still bite, no kill. The situation is somewhat similar. Humanity continues (albeit sluggishly already) to invent new things, but it can no longer control this new one. There are no brains.
    Alas. We now own gigantic computing power, the management of which is in the hands of people whom we should not trust. The team chain is so arranged. People who cannot be entrusted with command command. Why did the Iranians get bogged down ?. The reason is simple as a cucumber.
    The computer networks of today's enterprises are incredibly redundant. At nine points in the installation of computers out of ten, no computers are needed. Need typewriters. Need video players. At most, extremely rarely, you need a fax. But not a computer! Plus, computers are connected by a common network. And they should not be connected!
    Alas. The cave managers who command all of this cannot manage it. Firstly, they are not able to recognize a possible danger. Any explanation does not go through. The selection grid for leadership positions in our civilization is such that people who are not capable of renaming a file are assigned to leadership positions in the mass. A higher intellectual level serves as an impenetrable barrier to leadership.
    Secondly, as a consequence of the first, the most minimal convenience is put by these people immeasurably higher than a certain danger that the manager is not able to recognize. It is necessary to call a subordinate with a report. But laziness! There is a corporate connection! Chats, shared network ...
    You can still list the holes that exist for these reasons for a long time. And these holes are not removable. Not because they cannot be eliminated technically, but because of process management. Boeing enchantingly distinguished. Why? Because effective management has reduced IT department costs, and Indian coders did. The US government had a department that was not supposed to allow what Boeing had done. Effective management of this department reduced its composition to two young low-paid employees who could not verify anything physically. Such stories, just not so high-profile, rampart. This shaft will be higher. Much higher ...
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 2 July 2020 14: 53 New
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    So that this "sweet couple" - the United States and Israel confess to the fact of sabotage against a foreign state with which they are not at war? This is banal terrorism, for the Persians, as a consolation, they need to determine the circle of those involved, and through interpol declare them wanted as international terrorists. Although, for the best, I consider the presence of a "liquidation team, which would multiply everyone from this list by zero!
    1. Forcecom
      Forcecom 2 July 2020 15: 14 New
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      Well, actually, in truth, no country in their right mind recognizes sabotage against a foreign state with which it cannot be at war, another thing is that not everyone is capable of such sabotage.
      1. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 3 July 2020 08: 59 New
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        Quote: Forcecom
        Well, actually, in truth, no country in their right mind recognizes sabotage against a foreign state with which it cannot be at war, another thing is that not everyone is capable of such sabotage.
        Come on)! I saw an hour and a half American film in which a former CIA agent frankly said that he had received funding for a project to counter the USSR in Afghanistan. And how he sat in Pakistan and paid for any actions against the USSR, which his counterparties were able to prove. ANY. The more destructive the actions, the more blood, the higher the payment. By the way, he had funding in the amount of two billion greens. Now the US is accusing the GRU of "paying for the killing of Americans in Afghanistan." Hehe ...
    2. Vitaly gusin
      Vitaly gusin 2 July 2020 15: 19 New
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      Quote: Thrifty
      Persians, as a consolation, it is necessary to determine the circle of those involved, and through the interpol to put them on the wanted list as international terrorists.

      You can immediately attach this message today, so as not to write again.
      The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said today that an incident occurred at the Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz. The Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) covers 100 square meters and was built eight meters underground. We will soon find out what "incident" happened.
  6. Russ
    Russ 2 July 2020 14: 59 New
    +1
    There is no faith in the American press, from the word at all ... what are we discussing? recourse
  7. Oleg Olkha
    Oleg Olkha 2 July 2020 15: 11 New
    +1
    Two explosions in Natanz. https://rotter.net/forum/scoops1/638937.shtml photo
    1. Oleg Olkha
      Oleg Olkha 2 July 2020 15: 31 New
      +1
      https://twitter.com/aeoinews Организация по атомной энергии Ирана, первое фото.
  8. evgen1221
    evgen1221 2 July 2020 15: 42 New
    0
    Well, a banal employee bribe also has a place to be.
    1. Oleg Olkha
      Oleg Olkha 2 July 2020 15: 44 New
      0
      And the supply chain ...
  9. convoy
    convoy 2 July 2020 15: 59 New
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    From where the ears stick out, they all understand and keep quiet ..
  10. Zeev zeev
    Zeev zeev 2 July 2020 16: 12 New
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    I do not know what versions of American journalists there are, but judging by the extremely small damage around the building, it did not explode from the inside from cyber diversion, but was destroyed by a direct hit from the outside. A high-precision bomb or rocket hit the center of the warehouse and caused a limited power explosion, which nevertheless carried out the supporting structures and started a fire of the fuel there.
  11. Free wind
    Free wind 2 July 2020 16: 15 New
    +1
    No one has canceled the usual sloppiness.
    1. Zeev zeev
      Zeev zeev 2 July 2020 16: 32 New
      0
      A common slobber would have a different picture of damage.
  12. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 2 July 2020 16: 55 New
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    This is a throw-in. On the satellite photos, just a warehouse with "Chinese goods" but not rockets for sure. The roof is bare. There is no ventilation outlet. Mounted air conditioners cannot provide a climate at such a serious plant. You cannot see cooling towers for chillers. And judging by the car next to shed 30 on 30 m. The Iranian general blurted out to get behind. If the missiles were banged, the neighboring hangar would be damaged. Peacefully burned down a warehouse with burqas from China.
    1. Zeev zeev
      Zeev zeev 2 July 2020 17: 17 New
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      A shed with burqas on the territory of a rocket factory? The level of corruption in Iran, then, is simply amazing. And "shed 30x30s" is actually a warehouse with rocket fuel components, which were loaded into finished products in the assembly shop (the building that is nearby). And the required climate there is fully supported by conventional industrial air conditioners.
      PySy. By the way, the FAB defense factory in the city of Modiin is the same size. One of the world leaders in the production of rifle ammunition, by the way.
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 2 July 2020 17: 59 New
        +1
        As a ventilation and air conditioning specialist, I will say that you destroyed a cheap warehouse "ala Cherkizon" There is no smell of industrial air conditioning here. The shadows from the buildings show that the roofs are bald. There are no outlet sockets for the smoke exhaust system. Or Iran has its own excellent guests from everyone in this system. Smoke removal for buildings only upwards, along the path of least resistance. Especially according to your fairy tales about rocket fuel .. The roofs are bald on all objects, these are warehouses. Industrial air conditioners are not hung on the walls You saw an industrial turbocharger for SLE. For cognitive purposes, look at the Olympic objects from space, why are they, the most modern SCR, ventilation and smoke removal systems are installed here. As they say, find 10 differences. And I'm working here. You destroyed a cheap warehouse, period. You can't get the confession of your mistakes.
        1. Zeev zeev
          Zeev zeev 2 July 2020 21: 25 New
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          Firstly, I did not say that Israel destroyed something. Secondly, a cheap warehouse with rags will not burn all the land around. Thirdly, the warehouse of goods at a military facility (and Iran recognized that it was a missile plant) is cool, but even in the Islamic Republic it is hardly possible. And finally, in the Middle East, your GOSTs are of little concern to anyone.
          1. Kosh
            Kosh 2 July 2020 23: 01 New
            +2
            There were tanks with liquefied gas under a canopy, the Iranians showed the same day a video on TV from the scene of the explosion. What they showed there - the remains of the roof, the surviving grass, etc. exactly coincided with what later became visible on satellite images.
            Actually, because of the specific consequences of the explosion, even a building a few tens of meters did not suffer noticeably, but the grass and bushes on the slope nearby caught fire. It was seen in the video how one of the containers was torn apart and apparently gas from it burst under pressure into the air and then this air-gas ignited, producing a strong light effect but without a strong shock wave.
            And the industrial complex itself is scattered for kilometers around this place on and underground. Here’s what’s in the satellite image — it’s probably one of the sites with auxiliary buildings — gas tanks, maybe some kind of warehouse in a large room nearby.
  13. Avior
    Avior 2 July 2020 18: 08 New
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    The United States or Israel can be accused of sabotage, terrorist activity on the territory of a sovereign state. But Iran now is not profitable to disclose additional data about its missile program, and after all, a public investigation into the circumstances of the incident may declassify some data on developments being carried out at a rocket plant in the mountains of Alborz.

    In order to purely blame the US or Israel for sabotage, Iran does not need to disclose anything
    But for some reason he does not blame ...
    Perhaps there was a jamb of the Iranians themselves, the Americans know this, and the Iranians are silent so as not to get into a puddle of accusations.
    1. convoy
      convoy 2 July 2020 18: 13 New
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      Quote: Avior
      In order to purely blame the US or Israel for sabotage, Iran does not need to disclose anything
      But for some reason he does not blame ...
      Perhaps there was a jamb of the Iranians themselves, the Americans know this, and the Iranians are silent so as not to get into a puddle of accusations.

      And I think the Iranians just realized the futility of these charges .. They still do not listen! They work and they do not need noise! No wonder the United States panicked so much from the silence of Iran ..
      1. ender
        ender 2 July 2020 20: 54 New
        +1
        No wonder the United States panicked so


        But how exactly did the US panic?
  14. pardonov
    pardonov 2 July 2020 19: 26 New
    +1
    Well, and what version of the week three explosions is the third mysterious explosion in Iran in a week.

    So, on Tuesday evening June 22, the Sina At'har medical clinic in Tehran caught fire, and then there was a violent explosion, which killed 19 and injured 14 people. The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, and early Friday morning, June 25, a huge explosion near a large Iranian military and weapons base east of Tehran changed the horizon to a bright orange for a few seconds.
  15. Kosh
    Kosh 2 July 2020 22: 48 New
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    There, a tank of liquefied gas exploded, which was beneath this canopy in this separate section of a huge industrial complex, the objects of which are only scattered on the surface with a diameter of several kilometers, and it is also unknown how far the main underground production facilities go deep into the mountains.
    The brigadier general Golyamreza Jalali mentioned in the article did not admit anything, he said that an investigation was underway and all possible options that caused a gas explosion in these tanks, including the possibility of cyber diversion, etc. were taken into account. Well, in general, this is always and everywhere.
  16. Rzzz
    Rzzz 2 July 2020 23: 09 New
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    No, well, it's not funny. What the hell is "hacking computer networks". How to connect to them to break? By definition, all control systems in such a responsible enterprise must be on a physically isolated network. Outside, you can hack a maximum of the accounting department of such an enterprise.
    Most likely, something fell for another reason, and about the hacking, the Iranians themselves came up with a look of their eyes, and so that all smart people from enemy countries would break their heads, which one is so cool.