Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian nuclear officials are being secretive about the nature of an incident in the Iranian Isfahan nuclear plant that sent many staff members to nearby hospital emergency rooms Wednesday.
The head of Iran's Medical Emergency Agency told reporters that staff members of an Isfahan Nuclear plant "have observed some symptoms." He stressed that all medical emergency units in Iran should be ready to "confront nuclear incidents."
"Those who have been around UCF Isfahan, have shown symptoms and are receiving treatment," said Gholamreza Masoumi to Iranian state-run news agencies. He did not mention a specific time for the incident nor did he volunteer any details about the nature of it. "We have not yet had any incident outside nuclear designated areas," he said.
Masoumi said that the agency has been training the medical emergency unit staff on providing treatment for nuclear incidents.
Masoumi told Mehr news agency that recently the Iranian government has formed a "Nuclear Emergency" task force to provide services that would be needed following nuclear incidents. Furthermore, Nuclear Emergency centers in provinces where nuclear sites are located will receive a boost.
Masoumi stressed that there has never been an incident of nuclear leakage at any Iranian nuclear plant.
Radio Free Europe reported that following the publication of this incident, Mehr news removed the article from its website, however, on November 28, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Freidoon Abbasi, tried to play down the incident.
"Any kind of incident may occur in any plant," said Abbasi to Iranian Fars News. "However it does not mean that such events lead to spread of radioactive material."