Iran has thwarted an act of sabotage targeting one of the buildings belonging to its Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI).
The hostile attempt occurred early Wednesday but did not result in any casualties or damage owing to tight security precautions adopted following similar acts of sabotage against Iranian nuclear sites and the assassination of prominent scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last year.
Investigations are ongoing to identify the perpetrators and determine the facts surrounding the incident.
Back in April, Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility was hit by an act of sabotage, which Iran called “nuclear terrorism” and a “war crime.” The attack, blamed on Israel, targeted the electricity distribution network of the enrichment facility and caused a blackout.
The Natanz attack was the latest in a series of incidents targeting Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2020 and 2021. It coincided with the beginning of high-profile talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, a deal that Israel has great antipathy toward and lobbied the US intensely to abandon in 2018.
Back in November 2020, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear physicist was assassinated in a terrorist attack near the Iranian capital, Tehran. Fakhrizadeh’s name had been mentioned by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had publicly singled out the scientist as a threat.
The Natanz facility, a uranium enrichment center located in the city of the same name in Iran’s central Isfahan Province, was also targeted in July 2020, in an incident that caused material damage to one of its inactive sheds in an open area.
While Israel has a policy of neither claiming nor denying responsibility for such attacks, Iran says Israeli footprints are all over the Natanz incidents and the Fakhrizadeh assassination.
Iran has also vowed to respond to the attacks at an appropriate time.