FILE PHOTO: Employees work in the Natanz nuclear facility 300 kilometers south of Tehran. Reuters

By Kayhan Life Staff


An Iranian nuclear scientist working at the Natanz Nuclear Facility has died under suspicious circumstances, Israeli news website Ynet reported on June 4.

Ynet has named the scientist as Kamran Molapour.

The Natanz Nuclear Facility, in the central province of Isfahan, is Iran’s primary enrichment facility. It houses both the commercial Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) and the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP).

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A banner said to be of the Scientist at a Nuclear facility in Iran. KL./

Mr. Molapour reportedly died on May 30 — on the same day that Ayoub Entezari, an aerospace scientist, and Ali Esmaeilzadeh, a high-ranking member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, died in Yazd and Karaj, respectively.

According to some reports, Ayoub Entezari was working in the country’s missile and drone industry. He was allegedly a victim of “biological terrorism” (food poisoning) and died in Yazd, the capital of the central province of Yazd.

Ali Esmaeilzadeh allegedly died after falling from the balcony of his house in Karaj, 20 kilometers west of Tehran. However, authorities have not commented on the exact cause of his death.

On May 22, unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle killed Hassan Sayyad Khodayari, an IRGC Colonel, outside his home in the Baharestan district in Tehran. Colonel Khodayari, a senior officer in the Qods Force Unit 840, was shot five times while sitting in his car.

In the last two days, social media users have posted photographs of Kamran Molapour on their Telegram and Twitter accounts, claiming that he was a native of Izeh, the capital of Izeh Country in the southwestern province of Khuzestan and held a doctorate in nuclear science.

According to his family, Mr. Molapour died in an accident at the Natanz Nuclear Facility.

There is not much information available about Molapour. A single photograph shared on social media shows a 30-year-old man, alleged to be Kamran Molapour.

While Israeli officials have not commented on any of these deaths, some sources within the Israeli security agencies allegedly approved the assassination of Hassan Sayyad Khodayari.

Although there is no reliable information about the suspicious deaths of Kamran Molapour, Ayoub Entezari, and Ali Esmaeilzadeh, some on social media have speculated that their deaths resulted from an internal purge. There is no way to confirm or dispel any of these rumors.

Israel is exploiting these deaths to intensify its psychological war against the Islamic Republic.

In comments reported by Khabar Online news agency in September 2019, the head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali, warned that senior Iranian officials and scientists could be victims of “biological assassinations.”

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