Earlier today, Iran’s semi official news agency Fars released the news that two experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had been involved in a car accident in Central Iran.One expert, Ok-Seok Seo from Korea, died in the accident, while the other was injured. A report cited in Tehran Times suggests that the incident happened at around midnight, when the a car veered off the road and overturned near the Khandab nuclear site.
Of course, given that the IAEA and the Iran are coming up to talks, the timing of the death does seem unusual — also, the exact timing of the death seems a little odd, given that they were driving around near a nuclear site at midnight (not that we presume to have any idea of how the IAEA work, of course).
Additionally, there have been cases of nuclear scientists being killed in Iran for years — almost certainly by Israel. As Turkish journalist Mahir Zeynalov tweeted after hearing the news, “Israel 5 – Iran 1”.
On the other hand, there may be a far less scandalous (though no less sad) reason for the death. As the Guardian points out, Iran is simply one of the worst places to be a driver in the world, with 26,000 fatal traffic accidents a year.
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