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New Virus Attack Caused Iran to Miss the Bushehr Reactor Start-up
Iran was to have fully activated its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr Tuesday, Jan. 25. This did not happen. DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s intelligence and Moscow sources reveal that at the last minute, Iran’s hand on the switch was held by Moscow.
An explosion at Bushehr, the Russian official warned, could cause deaths running into hundreds of thousands or even a million.
Tehran wanted to prove it had beaten Stuxnet, whatever the cost. The Rosatom chief complained to Ahmadinejad of the impression gained by his engineers that the Iranian staff at Bushehr had been ordered to activate the reactor at all costs to prove that the Islamic Republic had beaten Stuxnet. This was their overriding concern rather than the safety of the Iranian and Persian Gulf populations.
........Our Iranian sources report that, after seeing the Russian official off, Ahmadinejad without further ado ordered the reactor to stay shut down.
In his haste to avert a catastrophe and avoid blame being attached to Russia which built the Bushehr reactor, Rogozin made a factual error. He said Stuxnet had caused the centrifuges at Bushehr to spin out of control. However, there are no centrifuges at Bushehr – unless Iran has hidden a secret uranium enrichment facility there.
Originally posted by StrangeyD
What if Stuxnet has in it a Directive to make the reactor overload when it comes on if it fails to delay the start of the reactor..
Just a thought!
While perhaps not as decisive as the development of the atomic bomb, nor as dramatic as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the revelation that the U.S. and Israel, working together, had forced more than a three-year delay in Iran’s ability to manufacture a nuclear weapon by inserting the Stuxnet computer virus into Iran’s nuclear facilities may, in fact, be a Middle Eastern “game changer.”
This is the case for two reasons:
• First, by delaying Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, Iran’s influence in the Middle East suffered a major blow.
• Second, by eliminating a major area of conflict between the U.S. and Israel over the desirability of an immediate attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, a major problem in the U.S.-Israeli relationship has been removed.
The Stuxnet worm attack known to have struck computers at the Russian-built Iranian Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran has serious implications and could have caused "another Chernobyl," a Russian ambassador is said to have advised NATO yesterday, according to a Reuters report.
The Reuters report says Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, called the Stuxnet virus "very toxic, very dangerous" and said it had caused centrifuges to spin out of control and was dangerous enough to have possibly caused "a new Chernobyl," an allusion to the devastating nuclear-plant accident in the mid-1980s in Ukraine.
According to Reuters, Russian ambassador Rogozin said NATO should be investigating the Stuxnet matter.