Iran warns that sabotage will affect Vienna’s negotiations over a nuclear deal

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) -Iran’s Foreign Minister warns on Tuesday that an attack on Natanz’s major nuclear enrichment site will affect ongoing negotiations in Vienna on a tattered atomic trade with world powers did.

Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks were made after visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and claiming that the United States had nothing to do with sabotage at the Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday. Israel has not claimed an attack, but it is widely believed that it carried out an unexplained assault that damaged the centrifuge there.

“Americans should know that neither sanctions nor sabotage provide them with tools for discussion. They should know that these actions only make the situation difficult for them. “

On Keihan’s page, a hardline newspaper told Iran, “Get out of the Vienna talks, suspend all nuclear promises, retaliate against Israel, identify and dismantle the domestic invasion network behind the sabotage. I urged him to do it.

“Despite evidence of the United States’ role as a major instigator of nuclear disruption to Iran, unfortunately some politicians have committed Washington’s crimes against the Iranian people by expelling US responsibility. Assist), “the newspaper said in its Tuesday edition.

Although Kayhan is a low-volume newspaper, editor-in-chief Hossein Shariatmadari has been appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and has been described as his advisor in the past.

Such strikes are due to the desire of President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, whose main diplomatic achievement was the 2015 agreement, to rejoin the United States and ease the urgently needed sanctions. It’s unlikely to happen. However, there appears to be increasing pressure in Iran’s theocracy over how to respond to the attack.

Details about what happened at the beginning of Sunday in Natanz were still inadequate. The event was initially described only as a power outage in the grid that powers above-ground workshops and underground enrichment halls, but later Iranian authorities began calling it an attack. The Israeli media, which has close ties to the country’s military and intelligence agencies, describes sabotage as a cyberattack without providing or procuring evidence to support it.

The extent of the damage in Natanz is unknown, but Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it is damaging Iran’s first-generation IR-1 centrifuge, the flagship of its nuclear program. A former Iranian Revolutionary Guard captain said the assault ignited on Tuesday while a spokesman for a private nuclear program referred to a “potential minor explosion.”

In a statement aired on state television late Monday. The former chief of the country’s civilian nuclear weapons called the design “very beautiful” and provided his own account of the attack. The attack appeared to target both the Natanz power grid and the facility’s emergency backup power from separate batteries, Ferredun Abbasi Davani said.

According to Dabani, a similar attack targeted Iran’s underground Fordo facility in 2012, resulting in two explosions.

“We expected that and were using a different power grid,” said Davani. “They hit, but nothing happened to our machine.”

It is unclear which power source Natanz in central Iran depends on. Satellite photos appear to show a substation in the northwest corner of the facility.


Associated Press writer Nacelle Karimi in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.