Ns News Online Desk: Iran’s nuclear body has said that a fire last month at a major nuclear facility at Natanz was caused by sabotage. But the Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) did not say who they believe is behind the incident.
Some Iranian officials have previously said the fire might have been the result of cyber sabotage. It comes after a number of fires and explosions at power facilities and other sites over the last few weeks.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, a IAEO spokesperson, told state TV channel al-Alam on Sunday that “security authorities will reveal in due time the reason behind the [Natanz] blast”.
The fire hit a central centrifuge assembly workshop. Centrifuges are needed to produce enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but also material for nuclear weapons.Mr Kamalvandi said last month that Iran would replace the damaged building with more advanced equipment, but the fire could slow down the development and production of advanced centrifuges “in the medium term.”
An article by Iran state news agency Irna previously addressed the possibility of sabotage by adversaries such as the United States and Israel, but did not accuse either of the countries directly.