Former top Israeli general says explosions that reportedly hit Iranian nuclear sites were not accidents / Cựu tướng lãnh Israel tuyên bố các vụ nổ ở những trung tâm hạt nhân của Iran không phải là những sự cố bình thường
Iranian officials say explosions didn’t happen at plants / Các quan chức Iran nói các vụ nổ không xảy ra ở nhà máy
BY Corky Siemaszko
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Ariel Schalit/AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
(Tướng về hưu) Retired Israeli Gen. Giora Eiland, shown speaking at Israel’s Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv last year, has made cryptic comments (các bình luận bí ẩn) about an explosion that reportedly took place at an Iranian nuclear facility this week. Iranian officials have said the explosion did not happen at the facility.
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Israeli officials said in a report Wednesday that a mysterious explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility two days ago was no accident.
The eyebrow-raising (nheo mày, ngạc nhiên) remarks surfaced in a Times of London story reporting that satellite images show smoke billowing (khói cuồn cuộn bốc lên) from the uranium enrichment facility (cơ sở làm giàu uranium) in the city of Isfahan.
“There aren’t many coincidences,” retired Major-General Giora Eiland told Israel’s army radio, noting that it was the second attack on an Iranian nuclear site in a month.
“When there are so many events, there is probably some sort of guiding hand, (bàn tay chỉ đường) though perhaps it’s the hand of God,” said Eiland, who is Israel’s former national security chief (cựu chỉ huy an ninh quốc gia).
Israeli intelligence honcho (người phụ trách tình báo) Dan Meridor suggested the guiding hand might be closer to home — and fanned speculation (làp bùng lên) that an undeclared war (cuộc chiến tranh không tuyên bố) against Iran was already underway (đã xảy ra, đã nổ ra).
“There are countries who impose economic sanctions and there are countries who act in other ways in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat,” he said.
But while the satellite pictures are revealing, no concrete evidence has emerged (không có bằng chứng nào) that a covert operation (chiến dịch bí mật) is underway to target Iranian nuclear facilities.
The Iranians have denied that Monday’s blast was anywhere near their nuclear facility. They claim the explosion was caused during a military exercise in the area.
When the story first broke (mới xảy ra, mới lộ ra), a deputy to Isfahan’s governor insisted (khăng khăng) there was barely any blast at all.
“Maybe somebody’s water-heater exploded,” Mohammad-Mehdi Ismaeli told the Mehr news agency.
Two weeks ago, another suspicious blast on a military base near Tehran killed General Hassan Moghaddam, the head of Iran’s missile defense program, and 30 members of the Revolutionary Guard.
The Iranians claim it happened as they were testing a new weapons system designed to strike Israel.
An Israeli official quoted by the Times of London said that, too, was an attack aimed at thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but stopped short of saying (không hề, không đi xa hơn mức ) the country had anything to do with the strike.
There are “many different parties looking to sabotage (phá hoại), stop or coerce (ép buộc) Iran into stopping its nuclear weapons program,” the official said.
The Iranians have repeatedly denied they are building nuclear weapons.
The Israelis are also widely believed (được đa số mọi người cho là) to have nuclear weapons, but they also have never officially admitted that.