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The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad could be behind the incident at the Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz

Iran's atomic organisation said the accident at Natanz nuclear facility was a terrorist attack

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad could be behind the incident at the Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz

Teheran, April 12 - Neftegaz.RU. According to the The Jerusalem Post, the Mossad was behind the cyberattack at the Natanz nuclear plant on Sunday that caused extensive damage to Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility.
The incident at Natanz was not an «accident», and the damage was worse than what Iran had initially presented to the public, a source confirmed to the Israel's newspaper.
Western sources said the facility was hit by a cyberattack.

The Natanz underground facility, located in the desert in the central province of Isfahan, is the centrepiece of Iran's uranium enrichment programme and is monitored by inspectors of the IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog.

The attack against Natanz took place just a day after Iran began injecting uranium hexafluoride gas into advanced IR-6 and IR-5 centrifuges at Natanz and was revealed as US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was visiting Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
  • The struggle against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian armament efforts is a huge mission
In a possible reference to the reported Mossad operation taking the uranium enrichment machines off-line within hours of their launch, he said:
  • The situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow
Netanyahu has warned multiple times in the past week that Israel would defend itself against Iranian threats, stressing that Jerusalem would work to combat Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Malek Shariati, spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Committee, said on Twitter:
  • This incident, which occurred on the anniversary of the National Day of Nuclear Technology and during Iran's efforts to force the West to lift sanctions, is highly suspected of being sabotage and infiltration
  • The parliament is following the matter and will make announcement after the conclusion
Natanz has in the past been targeted by Israeli cyber operations, according to foreign reports.
In 2010, the Stuxnet virus attacked the facility in a joint operation with the US, destroying more than 1,000 centrifuges.
Last year, a fire broke out at the Natanz underground facility, which the authorities alleged was the result of cyber sabotage.

In local news agency reports, Iranian officials suggested the facility may have come under attack, speculating the plant may have been targeted as the country discusses a revival of the Iran nuclear deal with its Western signatories.
The Associated Press said the Natanz incident complicates efforts by the U.S. to reenter the JCPOA.
Benjamin Netanyahu has warned against a return to the deal, and declared last week that Israel would not be bound by a new agreement with Tehran.

If Israel caused the blackout, it further heightens tensions between the 2 nations, already engaged in a shadow conflict across the wider Middle East.

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Source : Neftegaz.RU


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