Iran ‘thwarts nuclear site sabotage bid’

March 15, 2022 by AAP
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Iranian state television says its security forces have thwarted planned sabotage at the country’s major Fordow nuclear site by a network it accused Israel of recruiting.

A truck carrying uranium hexafluoride gas leaves the Ahmadi Roshan uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, Iran, to the centrifuges at the Fordo nuclear facility in 2019. On Monday, March 14, 2022, Iranian state television reported that the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard arrested members of a “network” working for Israel that planned to sabotage Iran’s major underground nuclear facility at Fordo. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

It said the forces made arrests.

The Israeli prime minister’s office had no immediate comment on the report.

The broadcaster said an Israeli officer first contacted a neighbour of an employee of the uranium enrichment plant and managed to recruit them both after paying them in cash and digital currency.

Revolutionary Guards security agents were monitoring the network and were able to break it up before the sabotage could be carried out, arresting an unspecified number of people, the report said.

The state news agency IRNA said a new agency called Revolutionary Guards Nuclear Command, which it said had been set up to oversee defence and security matters at nuclear installations, was involved in the operation to stop the planned sabotage.

Iran has accused Israel of carrying out several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear program and of killing its nuclear scientists over the past years.

Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.

In April 2021, Iran said an incident that disrupted the flow of power at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, in the desert in the central province of Isfahan, was caused by an act of “nuclear terrorism”.

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