Human shields protect the Isfahan nuclear facility during an earlier protest. (Voisnelas)
The Times reported on Wednesday that the mysterious explosion that rocked the city of Isfahan two days ago struck the uranium conversion facility located just outside Iran’s third-largest city. According to the British newspaper, satellite images clearly show billowing smoke and destruction, despite Iran’s claim that no such blast had taken place.
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The Times quoted Israeli intelligence officials as saying there was “no doubt” that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was “no accident.”
The uranium conversion plant is an integral part of Iran’s nuclear program, where urania, also known as Yellowcake, is processed into uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6).
From there, the gas is transferred to Iran’s nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom.
Iran’s official news agency Fars reported Monday night that a loud blast was heard in the city of Isfahan at 2:40 pm local time, but later removed the report.