Iran — which continues to attack Israel through its proxies, wreak havoc in the region, and push torward the development of a nuclear bomb — admitted on Monday what the world already knew was true: last month’s explosion at a military research center in Iran was not an accident.
Soon after the incident, Western media reported the May 25 explosion at the military facility in Parchin was the result of a drone attack.
The explosion, which killed one engineer and injured another, followed the assassinations of several military officials. Many believe the uptick in explosions and deaths of Iranian scientists and military officials is Israel’s attempt to discourage and thwart growing threats against their nation.
In recent weeks there have been multiple strikes in Syria against weapons depots used by Iran and her proxies. Following the arrival of new weapons via supply planes at the Damascus airport last week, an Israeli raid crippled the radar tower and runway, drawing a sharp rebuke from Russia. The airport remains closed.
On Monday, Iranian media quoted Imam Hussein University President Hasani-Ahangar referring to last month’s explosion as “industrial sabotage.”
An IRGC official says an engineer with the Defense Ministry died as the result of "industrial sabotage."
Mohammad Reza Hasani-Ahangar, head of the IRGC-affiliated Imam Hussein University, appeared to refer to a May 25 incident at Parchin military site. https://t.co/6tRNAAj6eZ
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) June 20, 2022
Iran, however, denies that the Parchin site was used to conduct nuclear weapons research. However, Iran recently admitted that it tested parts used for nuclear detonators there and turned off surveillance cameras at suspected nuclear development sites.
On many accounts, Iran has not proven itself an honest or reliable player on the international stage.
May’s explosion follows another mysterious incident at the same facility in June 2020. To this day, Iran denies an explosion occurred, though it has been confirmed by satellite images.
Iran is enraged by incursions on its soil and is attempting to plug leaks in its security. Earlier this month, Col. Ali Esmailzadeh of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force reportedly died after falling from his roof. Experts claim Iran’s leadership assassinated Esmailzadeh because they suspected him of being a spy.
Also in late May, gunmen on motorcycles in Tehran killed Col. Hassan Sayad Khodayari, a key member of the Quds Force who reportedly planned attacks on Israelis.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Khodayari worked in Syria on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards unit planning attacks on Jews and Israelis around the world.
The New York Times reported that Israel was also accused of poisoning two Iranian scientists last month. Ayoub Entezari, an engineer at a missile and drone research facility in Yazd, died of suspected poisoning on May 31. Kamran Aghamolaei, who worked at an Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz, died June 2 of multiple organ failure after allegedly being poisoned while on a business trip.
Israel blames the uptick of violence in the region on Iran.
After multiple public statements by Iranian leaders pledging to “wipe Israel off the map,” thousands of rockets and incendiary bombs being sent into Israel by Iran’s proxies, and the collapse of negotiations designed to rein in Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, Israel feels obliged to take action.
Many believe that if Iran does not change course, Israel will initiate a severe and devastating strike on nuclear facility sites in eastern Iran. Others believe such a strike will fulfill a 2600-year-old prophecy written by the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah (Jeremiah 49:34-39).
This story originally appeared on Resist the Mainstream