Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organisation, has accused Israel of cloud theft during a recent press conference.
The General claimed the current dry climate in Iran is suspicious, saying, “Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change”.
During the conference, he insisted the results were confirmed in an scientific Iranian study. “Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain”.
He then expanded his allegation to include mountain snow.
“On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft,” he claimed.
The general cited a survey showing all mountains over 2200 meters, between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except those in Iran.
The meteorological service in the country quickly poured scorn on the idea however, with the head of the service, Ahad Vazife, making it clear that stealing clouds or snow from another country is not actually possible.
Regardless of what classified documents the general may have access to that the weather service does not.
In a statement, Vazife said, “Iran has suffered a prolonged drought, and this is a global trend that does not apply only to Iran”.
He went on to say, “Raising such questions not only does not solve any of our problems, but will deter us from finding the right solutions”.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Iran has made such claims.
In 2011 the country’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, claimed countries in the west had devising plans to cause an Iranian drought.
Special equipment was said to have been designed which forced clouds to rain only over Europe.