TEHRAN - A top Iranian general said Wednesday that, contrary to speculation, the U.S. and Israel were not behind a weekend munitions base blast that killed 17 Revolutionary Guards including a key ballistics missile expert.Quote has been trimmed
"The recent blast has nothing to do with Israel or America," General Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
He was confirming the Iranian description of the explosion as an "accident" and implicitly rejecting suggestions in Israeli and Western media that it might have been a covert military operation by Israel or the United States.
Firouzabadi said Saturday's blast at the base in Bid Ganeh, outside Tehran, slowed down development of an undisclosed military "product".
"It has only delayed by two weeks the manufacturing of an experimental product by the (Revolutionary) Guards which could be a strong fist in the face of arrogance (the United States) and the occupying regime (Israel)," he was quoted as saying.
Saturday's explosion killed General Hassan Moqaddam, the head of the Revolutionary Guards unit responsible for industrial research to ensure weapons self-sufficiency.
I would suggest that it is time for another accident.