The BBC and Washington Beacon report tonight that 1.5 million Iranians have been told to evacuate an area near Isfahan via a government-issued edict. The Beacon reports
“Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material. Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets that “the rumors about leaking and contamination at Isfahan’s [Uranium Conversion Facility] are not true at all.”
… “Mass evacuations suggest a far more serious problem,” [Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq] Rubin explained. “There are two possibilities here: There is a radiation leak and the regime is lying or there is really bad pollution and no one believes the regime’s explanations.”
Please stay tuned to developments in the Middle East. I’ll update if/when conformed items become available.