There's a perfectly rational explanation for why a U.N. nuclear inspector was killed in Iran today but it's much less intriguing than the conspiracy theories spreading online.
On Tuesday, an International Atomic Energy Agency official from South Korea was killed in a car crash near the Arak nuclear reactor in Iran. "Not suspicious at all!" tweeted Andy Bolton. "I wonder how that happened" added Adam Nima Pourahmadi. "CIA regularly uses vehicular homicide" said Reddit user hadees.
The conspiracists were fuzzy on details, as conspiracists tend to be, but the shortlist of alleged culprits included the Iranian government, the CIA, and Israel's intelligence agency, which each have a stake in Iran's May 14-15 nuclear talks with the IAEA.
"We hope that this will be a very constructive and successful meeting," Iran's ambassador to the IAEA said last month, noting that after a "framework" for cooperation was agreed upon, Iran could consider the IAEA's requests to access its military site in Parchin.
With so much importance tied to the nuclear talks, the details of the crash are obviously important. An Iranian state TV report says the South Korean inspector was not wearing a seat belt when he was thrown from his car about 250 miles southwest of Tehran near a heavy water reactor being built in Khondad. The IAEA confirmed the death in a statement. "The car carrying the two skidded and overturned at around 12pm on Tuesday,"it said. "One of the two IAEA experts was injured, while the second one … from South Korea, died of severe injuries."