News ID: 302423
Published: 0232 GMT April 23, 2021

Senior Iranian MP calls for ‘tough action’ against Israel for sabotage

Senior Iranian MP calls for ‘tough action’ against Israel for sabotage

The chairman of the Parliament’s Energy Committee said Iran should take ‘tough action’ in response to an act of sabotage at the Natanz nuclear facility earlier this month, which Iran has blamed on Israel.

“I think Iran should take tough action. An appropriate response cannot be hasty,” Fereydoun Abbasi said in an interview published on Friday.

“From now on, saboteurs and the individuals who contributed to the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility must be tracked down,” Abbasi told Tehran Times.

The lawmaker blamed the US and Britain over the incident, saying most of the intelligence-gathering in such cases is done by American and British intelligence services, while the Israeli regime is the one that carries out the sabotage operations.

The Natanz nuclear site was hit by an attack on April 11, which Iran called “nuclear terrorism” and a “war crime”. The attack targeted the electricity distribution network of the Natanz enrichment facility and caused a blackout.

Abbasi, who served as the chief of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) from February 2011 to August 2013, further asserted that Tehran reserves the right to retaliate and deliver even more destructive blows to the enemy.

Iranian officials believe that Israel, through the Natanz sabotage, intended to kill the prospects of a US return to the Iran nuclear deal, which would include the lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The deal was ditched by former US president Donald Trump in 2018.

According to Israeli officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed a delegation traveling to Washington, D.C., to stress their objection to the US return to the JCPOA and to refuse to discuss its contents.


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