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Bizarre article on official website breaks 'taboo' by anticipating impact of Iranian bomb

June 9, 2011 - Tehran

Any mention of an Iranian nuclear weapon is taboo in the country, which claims its nuclear programme is entirely for peaceful purposes, but a bizarre article on a Revolutionary Guard website has broken the major taboo by anticipating the impact of an Iranian bomb.

An article 'The day after Iran's first nuclear test is a normal day' that appeared on the Gerdab website anticipated the day after Iran's first test of a nuclear warhead, the Guardian reports.

"The day after Islamic Republic of Iran's first nuclear test will be an ordinary day for us Iranians but in the eyes of some of us there will be a new sparkle," the article said.

"The day before, probably in central deserts of Iran, where once Americans and some other Western countries wanted to bury their nuclear waste, an underground nuclear explosion has taken place," it said.

"The strength of the explosion was not so great as to cause severe damage to the region nor so weak that Iranian scientists face any problems in running their tests," it added.

This article, which first appeared on April 24, hammers the message that an Iranian nuclear test will not lead to disaster. On the contrary, life will go as before except that Iranians will feel better about themselves.

The article comes during a period when Tehran's official stance is particularly defiant and assertive, announcing that it will triple its production of 20 percent enriched uranium and shift it to the underground Fordow site.

According to experts, the article is intended to get Iranians used to the idea of a nuclear test, and less fearful of international reaction. It could be a gesture of defiance to the world by hardline elements.


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