‘Sabotage’ attempt on nuclear facility foiled — Analysis

Israel claims the Iranians use this plant as part of their program to create nuclear weapons.

Iranian state media said Monday that Tehran foiled an attempt to undermine Israel’s underground nuclear power plant. It also detained some suspected spies.

According to the IRNA news agency, suspected members of an Israeli-linked spynet network were identified “planned on sabotaging the Fordo facility and were arrested by the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards.”According to the state media outlet, the identity of the suspect and the total number of detained were not revealed.

Fordo, an underground facility for uranium enrichment is located approximately 180 km (112 miles) to the south of Tehran. Iran denies that the Israeli government used this facility to help develop its nuclear weapons program.

An alleged Israeli intelligence officer had made an attempt to evade detection “to approach”Fordo worker after he recruited his neighbor to get insider information on the complex centrifuges at the facility. According to reports, the individuals detained were paid “in the form of cash and digital currency, so that no trace of it remains.”

The alleged spy suspects allegedly made use of the “guise of a Hong Kong company”During their communications with Fordo employees, but their efforts were thwarted by the “nuclear command”Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and the “intelligence services command.”

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IRNA stated that it was. “first time that the existence of the nuclear command has been officially revealed and confirmed,”According to an Iranian defense official, it was established in May-June 2021. “after several acts of sabotage.”

The news that Israel-linked people were arrested on suspicion of attempted sabotage is coming as Iran and Western power are set to sign an agreement for the renewal of the 2015 nuclear accord.

In 2018, after US President Donald Trump pulled America from the accord and put sanctions on Tehran, it was a disaster. Iran reversed its previous commitments and resumed activity at Fordo.

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