Natanz Attack Reportedly Planned ‘Long Before’ Vienna Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Programme

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Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility was hit in what officials have called an “act of nuclear terrorism” on Sunday. Israeli and US media have since suggested that the nuclear incident was the result of a “classified Israeli operation.”

The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility was plotted “long before” the start of the ongoing meeting of the joint commission of the remaining members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, and was aimed at weakening Tehran’s negotiating position at the meetings, The Jerusalem Post has reported, citing sources.

The paper’s sources indicated that the attack’s planners were uncertain whether Iran and the US – whose negotiators arrived in Vienna last week but were not allowed to join the talks directly, would return to serious negotiations about Washington’s possible rejoining of the nuclear accord.

The reporting serves as further confirmation of earlier reports by US and Israeli media suggesting that the Natanz incident was the result of a “terror attack,” and that Israel’s Mossad intelligence service was involved. Late Sunday, the New York Times reported that the incident was the result of a “deliberately planned explosion” in a “classified Israeli operation.” The paper alleged, citing unnamed sources in US and Israeli intelligence, that the incident set back Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities…

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