This is not the first time an Iranian official has accused the country’s foes of stealing its precipitation
An Iranian general on Monday accused Israel of manipulating weather to prevent rain over the Islamic Republic, alleging his country was facing cloud “theft,” before being contradicted by the nation’s weather chief.
Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization said in a press conference: “Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change,” ISNA news agency reported.
“Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,” he said.
“On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft,” Jalali added, citing a survey showing that, above 2,200 meters (7,218 feet), all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.
According to ISNA, Iran’s own meteorological service was rather sceptical about the general’s theory.
“On the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds,” said the head of Iran’s meteorological service Ahad Vazife, quoted by ISNA.
“Iran has suffered a prolonged drought, and this is a global trend that does not apply only to Iran,” Vazife said.
According to the Times of Israel, the general’s allegations of foreign forces tampering with the weather is not the first time an Iranian official has accused the country’s foes of stealing its rain.
Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2011 accused Western countries of devising plans to “cause drought” in Iran, adding that “European countries used special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent.