Power outage in Natanz nuclear facility a ‘terrorist act’: Iran
Published: 12:04 PM, 12 April 2021
A satellite image of Iran`s Natanz nuclear facility taken last October; Photo: Reuters
The head of Iran’s main nuclear plant, Natanz, described the power outage as a “terrorist act”. The Natanz center in southern Tehran was suddenly caused a power failure on Sunday – which is a rare occurrence for this sensitive sector!
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said it was clear through today’s attack that Iran’s progress and development in nuclear science and the “enemies of the ongoing nuclear talks were carrying out terrorist attacks” on Natanz’s nuclear technology. “Iran has the right to take action against those who carry out treacherous and terrorist attacks,” he said.
Ali Akbar Salehi’s remarks were made in a report by the IRGC, a branch of Iran’s armed forces.
With the AEOI head’s remarks, the Israeli state media reported that the Israeli cyber-attack had caused an accident at the Iranian nuclear facility. However, the Israeli government did not comment directly.
But on Sunday afternoon, the day of the accident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there was still a long way to go against Iran. “But the situation that exists today is not the same as it will be tomorrow,” he added.
Earlier on Saturday, a day before the accident, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a new centrifuge at the Natanz Center. The centrifuge is useful in the production of enriched uranium. Later, this uranium could be used to make reactor fuel or nuclear weapons. Iran says it is launching “150 new centrifuges” underground.
This centrifuge production is also seen as a violation of another phase of the 2015 agreement. Under the agreement, Iran will only be able to enrich uranium to a limited extent for use in commercial power plants.
After the United States pulled out of the deal under Donald Trump in 2018, Iran is virtually no longer caring about the deal. New US President Biden has said he will try to “get Iran back on track” into the deal.