Official: Iran to Hold Exercises in Preparation for Possible Radiation Threats

Official: Iran to Hold Exercises in Preparation for Possible Radiation Threats

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said his organization has devised plans to stage exercises in late April to boost the country’s civil defense capabilities in case of contingencies, particularly radiation threats.

Speaking in a civil defense base in Iran’s central city of Isfahan on Sunday, Jalali announced that the upcoming preparatory drills will occur in late April this year.

Referring to Iran as a “nuclear country”, the official noted that seven provinces in Iran now host nuclear facilities, something that further necessitates preparedness to handle a range of potential threats, including radiation-related incidents.

Earlier in October 2013, Brigadier General Jalali had announced that his organization’s preemptive measures in making the country’s nuclear facilities immune to all threats have disappointed the Islamic Republic’s adversaries.

“By designing absolutely safe infrastructures and facilities in Fordo and Isfahan’s UCF (Uranium Conversion Facility), the civil defense (organization) has put a thorn in the side of enemies, namely Israel and the US,” he said at the time.

He had also stated that three bases tasked with confronting a broad range of threats have been in place in the last two years, adding that a fourth base is due to come into service in the future.

The Iranian official said that currently three defense bases are working under the Civil Defense Organization’s supervision to counter cyber, radiation and biological-chemical threats, and said, “A fourth base, titled economic defense base, is soon to be established.”

He had made it clear that thwarting foreign plots against Iranian nuclear facilities was among top priorities of the cyber defense base.

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