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Explosion at Iran’s Natanz facility due to sabotage operations: Al-Alam

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The explosion that occurred at the Natanz facility in Iran last month was a result of sabotage operations, Iranian al-Alam television reported citing a spokesperson of the country's atomic association.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said last month an accident had taken place at a construction site in the Natanz nuclear site in central Iran without causing casualties.

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The damage has dealt a major blow to the Iranian nuclear facility and their ability to mass produce advanced centrifuges, but the authors of the report said the explosion is unlikely to affect Iran’s near-term research and development of centrifuges at the nearby Natanz Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant.

The Natanz uranium-enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog.

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