Iran Blames Israel For Sabotage At Natanz Nuclear Site

This satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Iran's Natanz nuclear site suffered a problem Sunday, April 11, involving its electrical distribution grid just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges that more quickly enrich uranium, state TV reported. It was the latest incident to strike one of Tehran's most-secured sites amid negotiations over the tattered atomic accord with world powers. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

(AP) — Iran has blamed Israel for an attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged its centrifuges. The sabotage imperils ongoing talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal and brings a shadow war between the two countries into the light. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, Israeli media widely reported that the country had orchestrated a devastating cyberattack that caused a blackout at the nuclear facility. While the nature of the attack and the extent of the damage at Natanz remains unclear, a former Iranian official said the assault set off a fire while a spokesman mentioned a “possible minor explosion.”


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