Iran holds archrival Israel responsible for sabotage of the Natanz nuclear plant. The Iranian authorities have sworn revenge, report state television.
Iran had previously described the incident in Natanz as nuclear terrorism. Uranium is enriched in the plant. There is still uncertainty as to what happened, but according to sources from the American newspaper The New York Times, an explosion has caused great damage. According to those insiders, it could take nine months before production can resume.
Israeli media have reported from anonymous sources that intelligence Mossad sabotaged the Natanz installation. The Israeli authorities have not confirmed this, but Iran has no doubt that Jerusalem is behind the incident.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pointed a finger at the “Zionists” on Monday, referring to the Israelis. According to the Minister, they wanted to ‘take revenge’ because his country has made progress in trying to get international sanctions off the table.
Iran is conducting summit talks with large countries on the restoration of the 2015 Atomic Agreement, when it was agreed that Iranians would restrict their nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions. US President Donald Trump later withdrew his country from that deal and reimposed penalties. Iran then began to violate the agreements in the nuclear deal.
The new American president Joe Biden wants to break the course of his predecessor and revive the nuclear deal. It is unclear whether the Americans were informed of the alleged sabotage action in Natanz.