Iran thwarts attack on atomic energy agency building

Iran thwarts attack on atomic energy agency building


Tehran: Iranian state media reported on Wednesday that the authorities thwarted the destruction of the country’s IAEA buildings.

“On Wednesday morning, a sabotage operation against one of the (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran) buildings was foiled” and the attack “did not cause any damage in financial or human terms,” the broadcaster said.

“The saboteurs failed to carry out their plan,” it added, without giving further details on the building or the nature of the attack that had been averted.

At the time of the incident, Tehran and the world powers tried to restore the 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in the Vienna talks.

That agreement is staunchly opposed by arch-foe Israel, which Iran accused of being behind a “small explosion” that hit its Natanz uranium enrichment plant in April.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the explosion, but public radio quoted an unnamed intelligence source as saying that it was a sabotage by the Mossad spy agency.

The New York Times quoted unnamed US and Israeli intelligence officials as saying that “Israel played a role” in the attack.

At that time, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Israel of “nuclear terrorism” aimed at undermining the Vienna nuclear negotiations and vowed to retaliate.

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