The uranium enrichment plant of Natanz suffered a blackout on Sunday as a result of an act of “anti-nuclear terrorism“said the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, while condemning this futile action, underlines the need for the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to confront this anti-nuclear terrorism,” said the head of the Iranian entity, Ali Akbar Saléhi, in a statement broadcast on state television.
The incident, which was first reported by the official Fars press agency, citing the spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, occurred a day after Natanz’s Chahid-Ahmadi-Rochan complex put in start new sets of centrifuges, despite the fact that these are prohibited by the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program of 2015.
The aforementioned plant is one of the main centers of the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic.
Previously, Kamalvandi had explained that there had been “an accident in a part of the electrical network of the Chahid-Ahmadi-Rochan enrichment facility” and that it was a “blackout” of unknown cause, in a telephone interview with television. state.
“Fortunately, there were no deaths or injuries or contamination. There was no particular problem, the accident is being investigated, “the spokesman told television.
“This incident, occurred [al día siguiente] National Nuclear Technology Day and with Iran struggling to force Westerners to lift sanctions, he is highly suspicious of [obedecer a un acto de] sabotage or infiltration, “deputy Malek Chariati, spokesman for the parliamentary committee on Energy, denounced on Twitter.
– “Israeli cyber-operation” –
“It is considered that the failure in the electrical circuit of Natanz [es] the result of an Israeli cyber-operation, “a journalist from the Israeli public radio television, Amichai Stein, tweeted for his part, but without providing data to support that claim.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sees Iran as a threat against his country, accuses Tehran of secretly trying to equip itself with atomic weapons.
“The fight against Iran and its supporters and the Iranian arms efforts are a huge mission,” he said Sunday.
In early July, a centrifuge assembly factory in Natanz was badly damaged by a mysterious explosion. The authorities concluded that this was the result of “sabotage” of “terrorist” origin, but they have not yet released the results of the investigation.
Back then, the official Irna agency warned Israel and the United States that they should avoid any hostile action.
On Saturday, Iranian President Hasan Rohani remotely inaugurated the new Natanz centrifuge assembly factory, while ordering three new sets of centrifuges to be started or tested.
These will allow Iran enrich uranium faster and in larger quantities, in volumes and with a level of refinement prohibited by the agreement closed in 2015 in Vienna between the Islamic Republic and the international community.
The United States unilaterally denounced that pact in 2018, under the presidency of Donald Trump, and reinstated the sanctions that had been withdrawn since the document was signed.
In retaliation, Tehran began defaulting on its commitments from May 2019, and the pace has picked up in recent months.
At this time, Iran and the other signatory states of the 2015 agreement (Germany, China, France, the United Kingdom and Russia) are negotiating in Vienna how to reintegrate the United States into the pact and make Iran once again respect its commitments fully.
Tehran has always denied wanting to equip itself with the atomic bomb – something Israel accuses it of – and on Saturday, Rohani reiterated that his country’s nuclear activities are “peaceful.”