Fire Breaks Out at Warehouse Outside Tehran, Iranian Media Reports

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Scenes from a fire at a warehouse in near Tehran on Monday.
Scenes from a fire at a warehouse in near Tehran on Monday.Credit: ISNA News Agency/Screenshot

A fire broke out at a warehouse near Tehran, Iranian media reported on Monday, as videos emerging on social media showed smoke billowing over the facility in the city of Karaj.

Some reports claim that the warehouse is a state-owned facility, located off a road between Tehran and Karaj. The Iranian government has yet to officially respond to the reports.

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Two sites affiliated with Iran's nuclear program are located in Karaj, including an agricultural and medical research center, in proximity to a site for storing debris and dismantled nuclear equipment. The area is also home to several industrial sites, including a drug company where Tehran is currently working to develop its own COVID vaccine.

Last month, it was reported that an unmanned aircraft attacked a centrifuge factory in the Karaj area. The New York Times reported that the plant was on a list of targets Israel presented to the United States in early 2020.

Iran has accused Israel of several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear program and killing its nuclear scientists over the past years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations. 

Earlier on Monday, a senior Israeli official involved relaying messages to senior parties to the nuclear agreement admitted that the country has no ability to influence the clauses of the nuclear agreement being discussed in Vienna. “Essentially, during the nuclear talks there are only two options,” the official said. “Either returning to the original nuclear agreement, or not returning to it. There is no other option.”

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