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Attack in Iran Stirs Fears for Future of Nuclear Talks

Iran accused Israel of orchestrating an attack on its main nuclear facility that stirred fears for the future of talks involving Washington and Tehran over a deal to …

The Wall Street Journal

Iran on Monday accused Israel of orchestrating an attack on its main nuclear facility that stirred fears for the future of talks involving Washington and Tehran over a deal to constrain the Islamic Republic’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

The attack at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, which destroyed a number of centrifuges and caused an electricity blackout, occurred as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was visiting Israel and was preparing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Top Biden administration officials apparently were given no advance notice of the attack against the Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, according to people familiar with the situation

 

Israel made ‘very bad gamble’ at nuclear plant: Iran

TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Israel made a “very bad gamble” if it believed its alleged sabotage at the Natanz nuclear plant would stop …

Times of India

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Iranian Nuclear Chief Ali-Akbar Salehi One Day Before Natanz Nuclear Facility Blast: We Have Activated A Full IR-6 Centrifuge Chain; We Have Enrichment Capacity Of 16500 SWU – More Than Before The JCPOA

Ali-Akbar Salehi, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said that Iran has activated a full chain of 164 IR-6 centrifuges in the Natanz nuclear facility.

Middle East Media Research Institute

Ali-Akbar Salehi, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said that Iran has activated a full chain of 164 IR-6 centrifuges in the Natanz nuclear facility. Salehi’s remarks were made in an interview that aired on channel 1 (Iran) on April 10, 2021, one day before the Natanz facility suffered a major explosion. He said that this chain was originally planned to be activated in seven or eight years. Salehi described nuclear progress in the Fordow facility, and said that Iran now has an enrichment capacity of 16,500 SWU, while it only had a capacity of 13,000 SWU before the JCPOA was signed in 2013.  He said that it has been announced that the hall, in which the centrifuges are assembled at the Natanz facility has been restored and is back in operation, after it was damaged and put out of use in a 2020 explosion.

 

Retired Navy admiral says U.S. looks either ‘complicit’ or ‘ignorant’ in Iran nuclear facility blackout

While nothing is definitive, “all indications are pointing to the fact” that Israel was behind a cyberattack that knocked out power at Iran’s Natanz uranium …

Yahoo News

 

US distances itself from alleged attack on Iran’s nuclear site

World powers have sought to distance themselves from an alleged attack on Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility that threatens to complicate talks to revive …

Financial Times

 

Explainer: Iran Atomic Sites Targeted by Diplomacy, Sabotage

Iran’s nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz …

Voice of America

 

Attack on Iran’s Natanz plant muddies US-Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over the resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over …

Las Vegas Sun

White House: U.S. not involved in Natanz incident, nuclear talks to continue as planned

Iran accused Israel of sabotaging its Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war.

Haaretz