Fire breaks out at Iranian military base, latest in series of incidents

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A fire has broken out at a military base in western Iran, state-linked media reported on Monday, the latest in a series of fires and other incidents. affecting the country’s infrastructure in recent months.

The fire broke out at a warehouse full of motor oil and flammable materials at a base belonging to Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guards in the western province of Kemranshah, Iran’s Nournews website reported.

The fire damaged a hangar but caused no casualties. Investigators were looking for the cause and details, the report added.

The day before, unconfirmed reports proliferated online of several explosions heard in North Kermanshah, a strategic location in Iran with various missile and military sites.

Sensitive military and nuclear sites have been the target of attacks in recent years, which Iran has blamed on Israel.

The fire broke out as Iran remains nervous about negotiations over its nuclear program which continue in Vienna this week. The 2015 deal that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program collapsed nearly four years ago when former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the agreement and reimposed crushing sanctions.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives at Coburg Palace, the site of talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on February 8, 2022. (Alex Halada/AFP)

After months of slow progress, diplomats said nuclear talks were reaching a decisive phase.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Monday that if the United States and Europe return to their commitments, a good deal “in the short term” is possible.

“We are in a hurry to reach a good agreement,” the Iranian diplomat said, “but within the framework of rational negotiations and the realization of the rights and interests of the Iranian people.”

Amirabdollahian said if other parties threaten and warn Iran that this will be the last round of talks, there will be no negotiations.

Iran claims that the country’s nuclear program is peaceful.

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