Iran blames Israel for attack on its nuclear enrichment site
Iran suffered a blackout Sunday at its underground Natanz atomic facility, calling it an act of “nuclear terrorism.” Iran immediately blamed Israel for the failure at its facility. The “failure” at the plant coincided with Israel’s celebration of Independence Day. After repeated “attacks” against its facility, Iran is rebuilding the facility deep inside a nearby mountain. Iran has not released many details about the attack. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, “The Tehran of today poses a strategic threat to international security, to the entire Middle East, and to the state of Israel.”
Israel is usually fairly tight-lipped about its operations carried out by its Mossad Intelligence agency or its specialized military units. In recent weeks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly described Iran as a major threat to his country. Multiple Israeli news outlets reported that an Israeli cyberattack caused the blackout in Natanz. The attack does send the message that Iran’s nuclear site is penetrable. The plant is enriching up to 20% purity, a significant step toward producing a nuclear weapon.
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