A bizarre video of a domino exhibition in Iran last week showed a mock missile destroying an Israeli flag — among other “obstacles” interfering with the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Translated and released by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute Sunday, the clip — filmed at a domino show in the Iranian city of Gonabad on February 16 — depicts an intricate domino structure painstakingly built to symbolize Tehran’s nuclear project.
Once the chain reaction begins, the dominoes are seen toppling perceived stumbling blocks impeding the progress of the program, including the assassination of scientists, sanctions and the Stuxnet virus.
US-related models such as the word “CIA” and an RQ-170 drone are also collapsed, followed by a burning effigy of “ISIS,” an acronym for the Islamic State terror group.
The grand finale features a rocket destroying a domino structure of an Israeli flag, surrounded by flames and fireworks.
The toppled structures are then replaced by messages affirming Iran’s nuclear achievements.
The video comes amid intensive negotiations between Tehran and the US over the future of its nuclear program.
Although Iran insists its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purposes only, it has defied economic sanctions to pursue the project, remained uncooperative with United Nations inspectors and threatened repeatedly to attack Israel, a major opponent of the current negotiations.
As recently as Saturday, a senior figure in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps warned that should Israel launch a preemptive attack on his country to stop the project, Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and cultural hub, would be destroyed.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that the Iranian nuclear program is an existential threat to Israel and that Tehran is intent on developing nuclear weapons to use against the Jewish state.
Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — known as the P5+1 — have been seeking a comprehensive accord with Iran that would prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb in return for an easing of economic sanctions. Netanyahu has warned against the reported terms of the deal, and will speak out against it before both houses of Congress on March 3.