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SEPTEMBER 2020

Iran’s IRGC Eliminated Subversive Group One Day After Saying Natanz Incident Was Sabotage

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Iran's IRGC Eliminated Subversive Group One Day After Saying Natanz Incident Was Sabotage

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On August 24th, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) eliminated a secret subversive group.

The Iranian state media refer to it as a ‘team of terrorists.’

“Last night, a counter-revolutionary terrorist group affiliated to the global arrogance that intended to penetrate deep into our country’s territory was caught in the intelligence net spread by Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base fighters in the general area of Maku,” a statement released by IRGC’s Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base said.

The IRGC’s forces engaged the group in the general area of Maku and destroyed it.

The team reportedly had 3 members, and all of them were killed.

The IRGC added that significant quantities of weapons, military equipment, ammunition and communication equipment were also confiscated during the operation.

This operation came just one day after Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said that a fire at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility in July was the result of sabotage.

“The explosion at Natanz nuclear facility was a result of sabotage operations,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi. “Security authorities will reveal in due time the reason behind the blast.”

Iranian officials said that the fire on July 2nd at the plant south of Tehran had caused significant damage which could slow the development of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges.

In July, an article by Iran’s state news agency IRNA addressed the possibility of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States. Neither of them was directly accused, back then, and with this report as well.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said on August 22nd that he would make his first trip to Tehran in that role on Monday in order to pressure Iran to grant inspectors access to two suspected former atomic sites.

The IAEA suspects activities possibly related to developing nuclear weapons were carried out in the early 2000s at these sites. Iran insists its nuclear programme has no military dimensions.

Grossi said that the objective of the trip was “that my meetings in Tehran will lead to concrete progress in addressing the outstanding questions that the agency has related to safeguards in Iran and, in particular, to resolve the issue of access.”

“Iran has not opposed access to its nuclear facilities, but the IAEA’s questions and allegations should be based on serious evidence and documents,” Kamalvandi said.

Just days after these revelations, a subversive group was eliminated, which could have presumably carried out the attack.

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