An NYT Source Claims That Israel Sabotaged A Facility In Iran
The fire at the Natanz facility for the production of centrifuges last week was caused by Israeli sabotage using an explosive device. This statement of the source of the New York Times is given in a material published on Sunday.
"An intelligence officer of a Middle Eastern state, aware of what happened, reported that Israel was responsible for the attack on the nuclear facility in Natanz, a powerful explosive device was used," the article says. The publication does not specify the name and position of this employee, nor does it say which intelligence service is in question.
According to the newspaper, a soldier from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, elite units of the armed forces of Iran) also confirmed to its journalists that an explosive device went off at the facility in Natanz on July 2.
The publication states that it cannot verify the claims of Israel's involvement in the incident. It does not explain how the explosive device entered the site. The article notes that Israeli officials on Sunday did not give a clear answer to the question of whether this country organized a diversion in Iran.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the official representative of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, earlier said that the building damaged in the fire at the Natanz facility is intended for the production of centrifuges. Kamalvandi, quoted by the IRNA News Agency, said there were no casualties, but significant material damage was caused.