Tehran: Thousands of centrifuges used for enriching uranium have been destroyed in an explosion at the Natanz nuclear plant on Sunday morning. Iranian lawmakers and former officials have acknowledged the blast is a significant blow to Iran’s nuclear program. However, the Iranian government is not ready to comment on the matter. Earlier, a US daily had warned that Iran’s nuclear program was set back by nine months due to the Natanz incident, but Iran has denied the allegations.
While speaking to a government-affiliated news channel, Alireza Zakani, head of the Iranian parliament research centre, delivered a dismal reply as he said the enemy had succeeded in detonating the Natanz nuclear facility. “Sunday’s blast destroyed thousands of centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear plant. Some of the equipment in this project contained 300 pounds of explosives. The explosives were placed in a desk at the facility and were then detonated,” Zakani claimed.
Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, former head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), also told Iranian media that the enemy’s agencies had succeeded in their plan. “The enemy had come up with a flawless plan to inflict heavy damage on the Natanz nuclear plant, and they succeeded,” Davani said.
“The electrical substation at the Natanz nuclear facility was installed 50 meters deep. The substation would not have been damaged even after an enemy missile attack. Iran’s enemies have succeeded in plotting to destroy the entire substation by planting explosives in a desk here,” Davani claimed. He also blamed Iran’s security forces for the incident.
Iran, meanwhile, has ordered an investigation into the attack, while its news agencies are accusing some citizens may be involved.