Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Sabotage attack on Iranian nuclear building

A sabotage attack against a building of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization was defeated on Wednesday, Iranian media reported.


An Iranian news website close to security services said authorities baffled a “sabotage attack” on the state’s civilian nuclear programme. They didn’t provide any further information.

Nournews, a news website is trusted to be close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. The website reported that they stopped the attack “before causing any damage to the building”.


Nournews said,“Investigations are ongoing to identify the perpetrators and determine the facts surrounding the incident,” said Nournews.

An Iranian official referred to the Nournews report when asked for his comments. The official spoke on condition of confidentiality because they did not have permission to discuss the matter with the media.


Iran’s English language Press TV reported that the aggressive attempt occurred on early Wednesday. Luckily, it did not result in any deaths or damage. Thanks to its tight security measurements that they adopted following similar acts of sabotage against Iranian nuclear sites and scientists”.


Iran has accused Israel of several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear program. They also blamed Israel for killing its nuclear scientists over the past years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.


Iran’s semi official ISNA news agency said the building under attack was located near Karaj City. It was 40km (25 miles) west the capital of Tehran.


Iran’s state owned  newspaper published the same report without offering the location or other details.


Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization describes the Karaj city facility as a centre founded in 1974. It deals with the improvement of the “quality of soil, water, agricultural and livestock production using nuclear technology”.


The Unknown Explosion

The reports come after a series of suspected sabotage attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear programme in recent months. In April, Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility experienced a mysterious blackout that damaged some of its centrifuges.


Iran described the blackout as an act of “nuclear terrorism”, raising regional tensions as world powers. Also, Tehran negotiated a return to its tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.


Though it has not claimed it, It is widely believed that Israel have carried out the sabotage that caused the outage.


Natanz went through an unknown explosion at its advanced centrifuge assembly plant that authorities later described as an attack. Iran now is rebuilding that facility deep inside a nearby mountain.

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Iran also held Israel responsible for the November killing of a scientist who began the country’s military nuclear programme many decades earlier.

Regional tensions have intensified as the deal subsided. As, this deal was granting Iran sanctions relief in exchange for restrain on its nuclear programme. In 2018, then President Donald Trump pulled the US solidarity out of the nuclear deal and set off a series of incidents that threatened the wider Middle East.

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