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Iran admits incident at nuclear site caused ‘slow down’

Iranian officials have confirmed that an incident at the Natanz nuclear facility was intentional.
NATANZ, IRAN - APRIL 9:  A general view of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is seen on April 9, 2007, 180 miles south of Tehran, Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday, April 9, that Iran has stepped up their Uranium enrichment programme, with up to 3,000 isotope separating centrifuges now in operation. The news has brought condemnation from the International Community and the UN. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed the scaling-up of activity but declined to

Two days after Iranian officials said there was an “incident” in an industrial shed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Iranian authorities have admitted serious damage has occurred.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), spoke to parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission behind closed doors about the incident. According to the commission's spokesman, Abufazl Amouee, Salehi said “multiple scenarios about this incident are being studied.” According to Salehi, Amouee said, “Expert groups from security and intelligence sectors have reviewed all aspects” of the fire at Natanz. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council knows the “reasons for the incident but will not state it due to security reasons,” he added. 

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