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Iran’s Nuclear Program Reportedly Set Back “Months”, Caused By Alleged Israeli Attack: Reports

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Iran's Nuclear Program Reportedly Set Back "Months", Caused By Alleged Israeli Attack: Reports

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Iran is to begin reconstruction of the building, damaged in the fire at the Natanz Nuclear facility.

The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that reconstruction would soon begin with a bigger plot of land for advanced equipment, which is supposed to be built there.

He explained that there were no casualties in the fire, but the financial losses were significant.

As the secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council announced, the security bodies now are aware of the cause of accident, but, due to security considerations they provide no comment.

Elaborating on the characteristics of the accident, he said its construction process started seven years ago and it was about to be completed after two years, but, due to issues related to Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), construction works did not continue.

Meanwhile, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) spokesman Keyvan Khosravi stated that the cause of the incident at the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan Natanz Nuclear Complex has been identified following the technical and security investigations and will be declared in due course for security reasons.

MSM is reporting, citing anonymous Middle Eastern officials, that Israel was responsible for the attack on the Natanz nuclear complex by using a powerful bomb. A member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps who was briefed on the matter also said an explosive was used.

Israeli officials confirmed nothing on July 5th when asked about the possibility of involvement in an attack on Natanz.

“Everyone can suspect us in everything and all the time, but I don’t think that’s correct,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said. “Not every event that happens in Iran is necessarily related to us,” he added.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said, “Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear capabilities.” To that end, he said, “we take actions that are better left unsaid.”

Just since July 2nd, explosions occurred at two power plants in Iran, and there was a chlorine gas leak at a chemical plant, all of which the government described as accidents.

Nothing conclusive has been admitted for any of the incidents, and they are ruled as accidents. The reasons behind the one at the Natanz nuclear facility are reportedly clear, but are yet to be disclosed.

“It’s possible that this incident will slow down the development and expansion of advanced centrifuges,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said. “There were advanced equipment and precision measurement devices at this site that were either destroyed or damaged.”

“The damaged warehouse was designed for the final stages of advanced centrifuges and assembly of these machineries,” Kamalvandi said.

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