Oh dear. Nuclear explosion in Iran.

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Anyone else see this report???

If true we have certainly started 1999 with a bang. Sould be a roller coaster this year!

Nuclear Detonation Detected In Iran

By Dave Franchesca

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17) -- Satellites have detected numerous signs of a major impact located in the hills of northwestern Iran. "We are pretty sure that this was an intended nuclear explosion" Jody Birmingham said, a spokeswoman for the Department of Enhanced Satellite Technology. When questioned by the press, The White House had no comment, nor did The Pentagon. Iranian officials have declined to speak with The Associated Press. So far, human casualties or structural damage is unknown. More information will be supplied when further information is available.


Two digits. One mechanism. The smallest mistake.

"The conveniences and comforts of humanity in general will be linked up by one mechanism, which will produce comforts and conveniences beyond human imagination. But the smallest mistake will bring the whole mechanism to a certain collapse. In this way the end of the world will be brought about."

Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, 1922 (Sufi Prophet)

-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), January 18, 1999


Link, please? Nothing on the news; can't find it anywhere on line. An assumed troll, otherwise. Such an event would not go unreported anywhere else.

-- Tom Clancy (tom@clancy.com), January 18, 1999.

Yes, please give us a link. Can't find anything.

-- Moore Dinty moore (not@thistime.com), January 18, 1999.

This isn't an AP story -- I used to work for them, I know the style. This thing would never have gotten on the wire in the form shown here. And Francesca spells his name without the H. Also, no URL, and there's nothing on the AP international or breaking news or national wires about this.

-- troller truth (troll@alert.com), January 18, 1999.

Searched all APs for today and yesterday and nothing about a nuclear explosion was reported. Just another false report.

-- Beano (Beano@gas.com), January 18, 1999.

My fault - saw it csy2k... sorry for that.

-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), January 18, 1999.

At this point in time, I don't believe this story completely and I don't completely discount it either. Remember the stories of the suspected nuclear explosion off the coast of South Africa back in the eighties? Lots of fingers pointed at a Israeli-South African military arms development agreement. The question was never really answered.

These days there have been lots of fingers pointed at Iran and Russia over possible nuclear arms sales. If you were a government that just paid big bucks for some suitcase nukes, you'd test one to make certain you didn't get ripped-off, wouldn't you? This might be another one of those cases.

This is a story to keep ears open for over the next month or so. It took the "mystery blast in the South Atlantic" story about six weeks to get wide expousure. There might be a similar cycle about this one too.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), January 18, 1999.

WW-- Re: South Africa. The detonation in the 80's was detected by satellite and the media got snippets of information (just in case the South African government announced it publically afterward) to show the U.S. was aware and not caught napping. South Africa didn't report it, but everyone in the intelligence community knew that the test ocurred. The former President of the South Africa, de Klerk, has confirmed that South Africa did indeed detonate a device and had further development programs underway. He claims that the program was stopped by his direction.

-- PNG (png@gol.com), January 18, 1999.

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