Mysterious "accident" at an Iranian weapons facility kills an engineer

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Tehran, Iran — An unexplained incidental struck a large Iranian subject and weapons improvement basal eastbound of Tehran, the country's authorities TV reported connected Thursday, sidesplitting an technologist and injuring different employee. Iran's Defense Ministry said the "accident" occurred connected Wednesday day astatine a probe halfway astatine the Parchin subject complex.

The ministry did not elaborate connected the origin of the mishap oregon supply immoderate further details, but said an probe was underway. It identified the technologist who died arsenic Ehsun Ghadbeigi.
 
Parchin is location to a subject basal wherever the International Atomic Energy Agency antecedently said it suspected Iran conducted tests of explosive triggers that could beryllium utilized successful atomic weapons. Iran agelong has denied seeking atomic weapons, though the IAEA antecedently said Iran had done enactment successful "support of a imaginable subject magnitude to its atomic program" that mostly halted successful precocious 2003.

The subject   analyzable  astatine  Parchin, Iran, astir  19 miles southeast of Tehran, is seen successful  this Aug. 13, 2004, outer  representation  provided by DigitalGlobe and the Institute for Science and International Security. The subject analyzable astatine Parchin, Iran, astir 19 miles southeast of Tehran, is seen successful this Aug. 13, 2004, outer representation provided by DigitalGlobe and the Institute for Science and International Security. AP Photo/DigitalGlobe - Institute for Science and International Security

Western concerns implicit the Iranian atomic programme led to sanctions and yet to Tehran's 2015 atomic woody with satellite powers. The U.S. nether President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the accord successful May 2018, starring to a bid of escalating attacks betwixt Iran and the U.S. and Tehran abandoning the deal's accumulation limits.

Ongoing negotiations led to hopes successful March that a roadmap could beryllium agreed that would spot the United States rejoin the accord that Trump pulled the state retired of successful 2018, and for Iran to again bounds its rapidly advancing atomic program. But that month, the European Union's overseas argumentation main said "a pause" was needed successful the talks, blaming "external factors" for the delay.

While the EU's apical diplomat didn't elaborate, his remark came soon aft Russia — different enactment to the atomic talks with Iran — tied the ongoing negotiations to sanctions that Moscow has been deed with implicit its warfare on Ukraine. Regardless of the cause, the talks person remained stalled since March.

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Since the U.S. withdrawal from the atomic pact successful 2018, Tehran has steadily ratcheted up its atomic development. The state insists it is lone for civilian purposes, but Iran present enriches uranium up to 60% purity — its highest level ever and a abbreviated method measurement from weapons-grade levels of 90%.
 
In 2015, the IAEA's then-director-general visited 1 suspected weapons-program tract astatine Parchin and inspectors took samples determination for analysis.
 
Iran's rocket and abstraction programs person suffered a series of mysterious explosions successful caller years. A elephantine unexplained blast struck successful the country of Parchin successful the summertime of 2020, rattling the superior and sending a monolithic fireball into the entity adjacent Tehran.

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