The string of unfortunate inidents, fires and just explosions continues in Iran.
On July 2, a fire broke out at a building above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran called the situation an “incident” that only affected an “industrial shed” under construction. Authorities emphasized that it did not affect its centrifuge operation or cause any release of radiation.
— Atomic Energy Organization Of Iran (@aeoinews) July 2, 2020
However, it should be noted that there was no officially announced construction work at Natanz, a uranium enrichment center some 250 kilometers south of Tehran. Natanz includes underground facilities buried under some 7.6 meters of concrete, which offers protection from airstrikes.
The site of the fire corresponds to a newly opened centrifuge production facility.
Natanz is also known as the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant. It is among the sites now monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency after Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
While offering no cause for the fire, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency published an article addressing the possibility of sabotage by enemy nations such as Israel and the US.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has so far has tried to prevent intensifying crises and the formation of unpredictable conditions and situations,” the commentary said. But ”the crossing of red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran by hostile countries, especially the Zionist regime and the U.S., means that strategy … should be revised.”
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