Natanz attack widely attributed to Israel, backed by the United States

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Publish Date: 9:55 - 23 April 2021
Friday, 23 April 2021_Sabotage and terrorism at the nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz Iran in an attack widely attributed to Israel, backed by the United States, comes just as talks are underway in Vienna to revive the Iran nuclear deal.

Natanz attack widely attributed to Israel, backed by the United StatesSo what was the real target of the sabotage, the enrichment facility, or the diplomatic talks in Vienna?

On April 10 2021 Iran marked its national nuclear technology day by announcing the implementation of new centrifuges at its enrichment facility in Natanz. Iran's President Rouhani announced the chain of 164 centrifuges, of the IR -6 model of Iran's newer generation centrifuges producing 10 times more than the previous chain.

However, the following day, on Sunday April 11, Iran's Atomic Energy Agency released a statement saying an accident, had taken place at Natanz. Reportedly, a power cut had resulted in damage to some of the centrifuges of an older generation. Very shortly afterwards, it became clear that this wasn't actually the result of an accident, but that of an attack, an act of sabotage.

Again, the chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Akbar Salehi called it a heinous move and failure, which would not impede Iran's progress.

The New York Times, published a conflicting story saying that it wasn't a power blackout but the result of an explosion, citing unnamed intelligence officials.

Now the first clues about who is responsible for the attack came from Kan, an Israeli public radio which cited "anonymous intelligence sources" that the Israeli spy service, the Mossad, was behind the operation. Elsewhere an Israeli public broadcaster also tweeted that the Mossad was responsible.

There were several other veiled comments from Israeli officials, no less from Netanyahu, who just the day before had said, "the struggle against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian armament efforts is a huge mission, the situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow".

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