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Satellite Images Show Iran Rebuilding Natanz Nuclear Centrifuge Site After Sabotage

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Iran has launched a major construction project at its controversial Natanz nuclear facility according to satellite imagery featured Wednesday in the Associated Press. Allegedly an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant is being reconstituted after it was previously destroyed by fire.

A mystery blast and fire on July 2nd had disabled operations at the facility, which later in the summer Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization declared was an act of sabotage and not due to an accident. It’s widely believed that Israeli intelligence was behind the sabotage to disable advanced centrifuge operations there.

Satellite Images Show Iran Rebuilding Natanz Nuclear Centrifuge Site After Sabotage
Iran’s Uranium Conversion Facility, just outside the city of Isfahan, AP file image.

Recall that before and after the fire which caused severe damage, setting back the development of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges, there was a series of ‘mystery’ explosions and fires at various military and industrial sites across Iran, raising suspicions of a major Israeli or even US-backed covert campaign to destabilize the country’s defense and nuclear energy infrastructure.

While the White House exit from the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) and recent ‘maximum pressure’ campaign was aimed at derailing what Washington claims are Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it appears to have done the opposite and strengthened Tehran’s resolve, also while under crippling sanctions.

As the AP underscores, the timing of the construction efforts couldn’t be worse for the Trump White House: “The construction comes as the U.S. nears Election Day in a campaign pitting President Donald Trump, whose maximum pressure campaign against Iran has led Tehran to abandon all limits on its atomic program, and Joe Biden, who has expressed a willingness to return to the accord.”

The report says further, “The outcome of the vote likely will decide which approach America takes. Heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. nearly ignited a war at the start of the year.” Biden is seen as the candidate most likely to reenter the JCPOA agreement assuming Iran walks back its enrichment to come under caps stipulated by the Obama-era deal.

“Since August, Iran has built a new or regraded road to the south of Natanz toward what analysts believe is a former firing range for security forces at the enrichment facility, images from San Francisco-based Planet Labs show,” AP details.

“A satellite image Monday shows the site cleared away with what appears to be construction equipment there,” it says of the Planet Labs images.

Iran’s leaders have meanwhile maintained its nuclear development is purely for peaceful nuclear energy needs and not in pursuit of nuclear warheads. Historically and into recent times the Ayatollahs have declared nuclear weapons as ‘un-Islamic’ — though this has done little to convince the US or Israel.


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Great Khan

Iran STRONK! now build atom underground hahahaha fat American and Jew get more angry….


you can bet your broad behind that the jews in palestine was the source of the sabotage and that tells you better than anything else why the jews need to be eliminated from the face of the middle east – asap. may they rest in hell for ever and one day.

Jimmy Jim


Great Khan

No Jew troll come here now hahahhaha they make trouble in Kavkaz now…

Vox Populi

The Zionist have some nerve, while they slaughter Palestinian civilians at will, they have the temerity to condemn Armenian attacks on Azerbaijan civilians. The Israelis are creating havoc in the region for sure.

Israeli Ambassador condemns Armenia

The ambassador visiting Barda noted that Israel stands in solidarity with their Azeri friends, … “It is unacceptable for Armenia to use violence and threats against civilians,” Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan George Dick stated on Azerbaijan TV … “We strongly condemn the Armenian targeting of civilians.as a result of intense missile and heavy artillery attacks”. He said that military attacks against civilians in violation ofinternational humanitarian law have led to serious h uman rights violations.

It was noted that Israel has always supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and this position remains unchanged and will stand by Azerbaijan until it reclaims its lands..


good and the quicker the better. and since north korea is in discussion with Iran about icbm: and such things, they might just add on a couple or a few more actual nukes in the deal to shorten the period until Iran is nuked up and can deal with the ever evil and corrupt jews in palestine. meanwhile iran should make certain no jewish saboteurs can act inside Iran and have the publicly available lampposts at the ready, in case they are, in typical jewish fashion, making their way inside iran with nefarious intent.

Leif Oskar Zetterstrøm

Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East. If not, Israel will do as it pleases with such consequences seen today with war and instability.

Great Khan

Jew rat make trouble everywhere…. must buy rat poison…hahahha Iran brother need nuke to stay STRONK!


israel is scared


Jimmy Jim


Vox Populi

Iran is a responsible and ancient state and is entitled to any weapons it deems necessary. A nuclear armed Iran would be a great stabilizer in a very unsettled region where an imported alien Zionist regime is hell bent of destabilization and delusional hegemony.

chris chuba

I love how AP makes this sound nefarious. Oooh satellite imagery shows a regraded road. Iran already told the IAEA what they were doing. They are not hiding anything.

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