News ID: 321345
Published: 0451 GMT April 29, 2022

Terror attacks on nuclear sites behind move of centrifuges: Iran

Terror attacks on nuclear sites behind move of centrifuges: Iran

The relocation of a significant part of centrifuge machines to a safer location was due to a terrorist attack against Iran's Karaj nuclear site, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said.

Due to the terrorist operation against the TESA Karaj complex, we had to tighten security and relocate a significant part of the centrifuge machines to a safer location,” Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by Nour News on Thursday.

The news website, in a report, blamed the lack of attention shown by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for Israeli "vicious operations" against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Such an approach has been taken with the knowledge of the agency and is a natural response to the vicious acts that aim to strike at Iran's peaceful activities,” it said shortly after UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said on Thursday that Iran had moved a new workshop at Natanz that makes parts for centrifuges for uranium enrichment to an underground location.

The workshop uses machines from a now-closed facility at Karaj, west of Tehran, that last June suffered a sabotage attack that Iran blamed on Israel.

The IAEA informed its member states two weeks ago that Iran had moved the machines to Natanz without specifying where at the sprawling site.

Grossi told a news conference that the workshop had been set up in "one of the halls" of the underground fuel enrichment plant, Reuters reported.



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