“Sabotage attack” on Iranian nuclear building foiled | Nuclear Energy News
The attack was stopped “before causing any damage to the building,” news agencies said.
A sabotage attempt against a building belonging to the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has been foiled, Iranian media reported.
An Iranian news site close to the security services said authorities on Wednesday thwarted a “sabotage attack” on the country’s civilian nuclear program, without providing further information.
Social media channels linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said a drone attempted to attack the building. Another report said no “loss of life or property damage” was inflicted.
Nournews, a website suspected of being close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, reported that the attack was halted “before causing damage to the building.”
“Investigations are underway to identify the perpetrators and determine the facts surrounding the incident,” Nournews said.
When asked to comment, an Iranian official referred to the Nournews report. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not permitted to discuss the matter with the media.
No further details on the nature of the sabotage attempt or how it was avoided have been given.
Iranian English-language Press TV reported that “the attempted hostility occurred on Wednesday morning, but caused no casualties or damage due to the strict security measures adopted following similar acts of sabotage against nuclear sites and Iranian scientists ”.
Iran has accused Israel of several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear program and of killing its nuclear scientists in recent years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.
Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said the attacked building was located near the town of Karaj, 40 km (25 miles) west of the capital Tehran.
The website of the state-owned IRAN newspaper published the same report without providing the location or other details.
The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization describes the Karaj town facility as a center founded in 1974 that deals with improving the “quality of soil, water, agricultural and animal production. using nuclear technology ”.
The reports come after a series of suspected sabotage attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear program in recent months. In April, the Iranian underground nuclear facility at Natanz experienced a mysterious blackout that damaged some of its centrifuges.
Iran has described the blackout as an act of “nuclear terrorism,” exacerbating regional tensions as world powers and Tehran negotiated a return to its tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Israel is widely believed to have carried out the sabotage that caused the blackout, although it did not claim it.
Last year Natanz suffered a mysterious explosion at his advanced centrifuge assembly plant that authorities later called sabotage. Iran is now rebuilding this facility deep in a nearby mountain.
Iran also blamed Israel for the November murder of a scientist who launched the country’s military nuclear program decades earlier.
Tensions in the region have escalated amid the failure of the deal that granted Iran sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal, triggering a series of incidents that threatened the wider Middle East.
Wednesday’s incident comes as Tehran and world powers try to revive the shackled 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program during the Vienna talks, which an EU negotiator said on Sunday was drawing closer to a deal .
This deal is fiercely opposed by sworn enemy Israel. Iran’s foreign ministry indirectly accused Israel of trying to scuttle the nuclear talks in Vienna.
Trump’s successor Joe Biden is in favor of returning the deal and the remaining parties have been engaged in talks in Austria for weeks in an attempt to save it.