Iran earthquake triggers N-bomb test scare globally

the earthquake that rocked Iran's main oil port of Bandar Abbas, was rated "strong" but not seen as likely to cause major damage. But the shock took a toll of nerves in many world capitals as speculation that Iran had tested a nuclear bomb spread like wildfire.

The hysteria soon died down, but not before the west wondered if its worst nightmare - of a nuclear bomb in the hands of a theocratic Islamic state - had come true after all. Though Iran's nuclear capacity is unproven, US's high-pitched campaign as well as sabre-rattling by Iran's leaders has kept nations on the edge.

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