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Natanz blast caused by remote-detonated bomb, took out power and backup – report

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A blast at Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility that has been attributed to Israel was caused by a bomb smuggled into the plant and then detonated remotely, The New York Times reported Monday.

The report cited an unnamed intelligence official, without clarifying whether they were American or Israeli.

According to the official, the blast took out the primary electrical system as well as its backup.

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The claim was apparently confirmed by the former head of Iran’s atomic energy organization in an interview with Iranian state television. Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, Iran’s vice president and head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization (Ronald Zak/AP)

“From a technical standpoint, the enemy’s plan was rather beautiful,” said Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, now head of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee. “They thought about this and used their experts and planned the explosion so both the central power and the emergency power cable would be damaged.”

Although the extent of the damage remains unknown, the Times said intelligence officials believed it would take many months for the damage to be undone.

However, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that emergency power was already restored at the plant and enrichment was continuing, although it was unclear to what level.

“A large portion of the enemy’s sabotage can be restored, and this train cannot be stopped,” he told Iranian media, according to the Times.

Sunday’s incident came as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin landed in Israel for talks........

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