In Natanz, there is a large underground uranium enrichment plant. As for Iran, this is a major place in Israel’s nuclear program.
at. Saturday Iranians They announced that they had installed new centrifuges at Natanz to enable faster uranium enrichment. They were run both ceremonially and personally by the president Hassan Rahani.
But after only a few hours, the electrical current stopped working and part of it was destroyed by an explosion. There were no drones, bombers, or missiles over Natanz.
to me Original Israeli media reports It was a cyberattack that cut off the electrical current. Subsequent reports said bombs had exploded at the factory. Iranians have detained a man suspected of carrying out acts of sabotage. However, it is not clear to what extent the suspicions have been proven against him.
“Our experts are adding the damage and we will replace all the affected centrifuges,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadi. American newspaper The New York Times Referring to an intelligence source, he wrote that the plant would be in operation for nine months.
Israel is the main suspect
Natanz faced the attack eleven years ago. Then the computer worm struck Stuxnet and shut down many of Iran’s nuclear complexes. The experts and the “combat deployment” of Stuxnet are attributed to IT experts by Israel and the United States.
Once again, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused Israel and its Mossad intelligence service of sabotage. He promised revenge.
On the other hand, the Chief of General Staff of the IDF, Aviv Kochavi, did not confirm or deny this. “The actions of the Israeli armed forces in the Middle East are not hidden from our enemies. They see us, they see our capabilities, and carefully consider their actions. Thanks to smart operational procedures, the past year has been one of the safest operations for our enemies. The citizens of the State of Israel know. It combines strength, determination and responsibility.” Kochavi said.
Israel considers Iran’s nuclear program a threat because it fears an atomic bomb might fall into the enemy’s hands. The conflict between the two countries occurs not only in cyberspace, but also on land and water. Last November, prominent Iranian physicist Mohsen Fikrizadeh fired from a machine gun. This engineer and a key figure in Iran’s nuclear program died when a machine gun fired at his vehicle.
In March of this year, Israel accused the Iranians of attacking their transport ship the Lori in the Gulf of Oman. A few days later, a mine exploded under the Iranian ship Saviz in the Red Sea.
“I don’t think the Iranians fear an open conflict with the United States or Israel. Many were afraid a year ago when the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed on Trump’s orders, but in the end pragmatism prevailed,” said Joseph Krause, one of the council members. An Iranian expert from Masaryk University in Brno visited Iran several times and also worked at Al-Mustafa International University in the Iranian city of Kum.
“What is really bothering the Iranians is the economic crisis. At a time of the Coronavirus spread, the Iranian economy is gaining momentum. Iranians need to lift economic sanctions because the situation is very difficult. Even for the middle class, not just the poor,” Krause added.
The mysterious future of the nuclear deal
The 2015 nuclear deal provided for the lifting of the economic sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on Iran in exchange for making Tehran’s nuclear facilities available to international inspectors. The agreement was also signed by then-US President Barack Obama, but his successor, Donald Trump, withdrew from it. On the contrary, he tightened the embargo on Iran. Israel agreed, saying the 2015 agreement was insufficient and ineffective.
The incumbent US President Joe Biden wants to return to the agreement, but only when Iran fulfills certain conditions. The talks began last week in Vienna.
“The Iranians want the Americans to lift the economic sanctions, and only then are they ready to negotiate. The Americans want Iran to stop its nuclear program and ideally stop interfering in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. And also to stop its production of ballistic missiles, which the Iranians systematically refuse.” The question of who will be willing to back off. “
The basis of the 2015 agreement was that Iran would not expand its uranium enrichment capacity for fifteen years, in addition to that it would reduce enrichment in existing facilities. However, after Trump’s condemnation of the treaty, the Iranians said they no longer feel bound by the agreement.
The level of uranium enrichment is crucial to the Iranian row. For nuclear power plants, uranium is enriched in units of per cent, to produce nuclear weapons, enrichment is required to more than 85 per cent.
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