Powerful bomb planted by Israel was behind blast at Iran nuclear site – Report

Israel is responsible for the blast at Iran’s Natanz nuclear site on July 2nd, by means of a “powerful bomb”, The New York Times reported citing a Middle East intelligence official.

The paper also quoted a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard terror group as saying that it’s highly likely that someone smuggled a bomb into the facility.

The underground Natanz site, where Iran was developing advanced centrifuges for faster uranium enrichment, was partly burned on Thursday.

Iran’s nuclear agency confirmed that the fire caused major damage, and suggested it could bring a delay in the development process.

The centrifugal facility at Natanz was incapacitated in 2010 by cyber-attacks originating from the United States and Israel.

In a radio interview on Sunday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “Not every incident that transpires in Iran necessarily has something to do with us…All those systems are complex, they have very high safety constraints and I’m not sure they always know how to maintain them.”

“A nuclear Iran is a threat to the world and the region, as well as a threat to Israel. And we will do everything to prevent that from happening,” he added.

Iran threatened that it will retaliate if a foreign country is found to be responsible for the blast. If Tehran determines that Israel is to blame, tensions are likely to escalate.