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Report: Israel suspected in large explosion at Iranian nuclear site, a ‘severe blow’ that may prevent uranium enrichment there for rest of 2021

Israel is suspected of being behind a large explosion at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment site Sunday, which resulted in a blackout and the complete destruction of its power system. It could prevent the facility from enriching uranium for the rest of year, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous intelligence officials.

What are the details?

The Times cited two officials who described a classified Israeli operation that dealt a “severe blow” to Iran’s ability to enrich uranium — and that it could take at least nine months to restore Natanz’s production.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, called it an act of “nuclear terrorism” and said the international community must confront the threat, the paper reported.

“The action this morning against the Natanz enrichment site shows the defeat of those who oppose our country’s nuclear and political development and the significant gains of our nuclear industry,” Salehi said, according to Times, which cited Iranian news media. “The incident shows the failure of those who oppose Iran negotiating for sanctions relief.”

The act also “injected new uncertainty into diplomatic efforts that began last week to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal repudiated by the Trump administration,” the paper noted.

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Iran did not say precisely what had caused the blackout at the heavily fortified site, which has been a target of previous sabotage, and Israel publicly declined to confirm or deny any responsibility. But American and Israeli intelligence officials said there had been an Israeli role. […]

It was not immediately clear how much advance word — if any — the Biden administration received about the Natanz operation, which happened on the same morning that the American defense secretary, Lloyd J. Austin III, was visiting Israel. But Israeli officials have made no secret of their unhappiness over Mr. Biden’s desire to revive the nuclear agreement that his predecessor renounced in 2018.

The talks to salvage the nuclear agreement — i.e., Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — are set to resume this week, the paper added.

‘Sabotage and infiltration’

Malek Shariati Niasar, an Iranian lawmaker and spokesman for the Parliament’s energy committee, said on Twitter that the outage was “very suspicious” and raised the possibility of “sabotage and infiltration,” the Times reported.

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Some Iranian experts dismissed initial speculation that a cyberattack could have caused the power loss. The Natanz complex has its own power grid, multiple backup systems and layers of security protection intended to stop such an attack from abruptly shutting down its system.

“It’s hard to imagine that it was a cyberattack,” said Ali Vaez, the Iran project director at the International Crisis Group. “The likely scenario is that it either targeted the facility indirectly or through physical infiltration.” The intelligence officials said it was indeed a detonation of explosives.

What else has gone down?

Iranian military leaders threatened Israel following mysterious explosions at Iranian nuclear and military sites last year, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“We warn the Zionist liars and their puppeteers that if they continue their prattle, they will see the upper hand of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the resistance front in action,” Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi was quoted as saying in the country’s state-controlled press, the Free Beacon said.

In November Iran claimed one of its top nuclear scientists was assassinated with Israeli involvement. The Israeli government believed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the mastermind directing Iran’s nuclear weapons program in the early 2000s.

Immediately following Fakhrizadeh’s death, the New York Times was blasted for calling Iran’s nuclear program “peaceful.”

In December Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he had “no doubt” that then-President-elect Joe Biden will “bow” to Iran and rejoin the nuclear deal.

Indeed, the Biden administration in February said it was ready to begin talks with Iran to rejoin the deal.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Iran seizes oil tanker, ramps up uranium enrichment to near-nuclear weapon levels

Iran has begun enriching uranium at 20% — a technical step away from the 90% level needed to produce a nuclear weapon — at its underground facility at Fordo, officials in the country announced Monday.

What are the details?

The regime had previously been enriching uranium at 4.5%, which is still in violation of its 2015 nuclear agreement, though at a significantly lower level, NBC News reported.

The move is the latest in a series of escalating actions against the West and comes on the same day that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized a South Korean oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

The news also comes just days after satellite photos obtained by the Associated Press showed new construction under way at the facility. Under the nuclear pact, Iran is not permitted to enrich uranium at over 3.5% and is not permitted to enrich uranium at all at its Fordo site, which is located deep within a mountain near the holy city of Qom.

In exchange for limiting enrichment, Iran receives sanctions relief from other parties to the deal: France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China.

President Donald Trump removed the United States from the agreement in 2018, arguing the regime could not be trusted and was in fact continuing to construct a bomb in spite of the pact’s restrictions.

What else?

Iran has been ramping up its aggressive rhetoric and actions against the U.S. in the waning days of the Trump administration, making some worry that a military conflict may soon commence.

Just last week, top Iranian officials suggested they may attempt to assassinate Trump in retaliation for U.S. forces killing terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike a year ago. Soleimani was the commander of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, which is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S.

At the same time, U.S. military leaders said they were bracing for an attack as the anniversary of Soleimani’s death approached.

Anything else?

Officials in Iran apparently feel much better about their prospects with new leadership coming to the White House.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently bragged he has “no doubt” the incoming U.S. administration under Democratic President-elect Joe Biden will “bow” to Iran and rejoin the nuclear deal forged when Biden was vice president.

While on the campaign trail, Biden indicated he would rejoin the deal as a starting point for future negotiations with the terror-sponsoring regime.

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“Mysterious Incident” Damages A Nuclear Site In Iran

Things are going absolutely crazy all over this planet. Iran has now allegedly confirmed a “mysterious incident” has caused damages to one of its nuclear sites.

Pay attention with eyes open. Like many of these stories, this could be a false flag.  At this point, most of the world is looking for a reason to ignite World War III, and tensions with Iran have been exceptionally high since the killing of General Qassim Soleimani in January.

Iran, It’s Your Move – Trump’s Takedown Of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani Is Likely To Start A Global War

That was more like a cold war than anything, but anyone who thinks that situation has been forgotten by the Iranians has their head in the sand.  Some damage was inflicted on a building currently under construction at a nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization has reported. However, it said there’s “no need to worry” about possible radiation release, according to a report by RT

There is something that stuck out that is noteworthy and a reason to watch situations such as this one.

Located some 250km south of Tehran, the Natanz facility was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack almost a decade ago. The Stuxnet worm was reportedly used to sabotage enrichment activity by incapacitating gas centrifuges, and the network attack affected the whole nuclear program, then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admitted at the time.

The site was also mentioned in the 2015 nuclear deal, which has been in jeopardy since the US withdrew from it in 2018. In response to the withdrawal, Tehran has rolled back its commitments under the pact and restarted enriching uranium beyond limits set out in the agreement.RT

The Natanz site is often thought to be Iran’s prime uranium enrichment facility and a key component of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Calling the enrichment site “inactive,” Kamalvandi said”there is no need to worry” about “the possibility of creating [radioactive] pollution.” The official stopped short of sharing any more details but said expert teams from the Atomic Energy Organization had been deployed to investigate the incident.

As I’ve said before, keep your eyes open, and make sure your preps are in place. If you’re in a big city, now would be a great time to ensure your bugout bag is in tip-top shape.

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ASSASSINATION Emergency Preparedness false flag General Headline News Intelwars Iran islamic republic killing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Natanz nuclear deal nuclear site damages Qassim Soleimani stay vigilant tehran United States uranium enrichment World War 3

“Mysterious Incident” Damages A Nuclear Site In Iran

Things are going absolutely crazy all over this planet. Iran has now allegedly confirmed a “mysterious incident” has caused damages to one of its nuclear sites.

Pay attention with eyes open. Like many of these stories, this could be a false flag.  At this point, most of the world is looking for a reason to ignite World War III, and tensions with Iran have been exceptionally high since the killing of General Qassim Soleimani in January.

Iran, It’s Your Move – Trump’s Takedown Of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani Is Likely To Start A Global War

That was more like a cold war than anything, but anyone who thinks that situation has been forgotten by the Iranians has their head in the sand.  Some damage was inflicted on a building currently under construction at a nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization has reported. However, it said there’s “no need to worry” about possible radiation release, according to a report by RT

There is something that stuck out that is noteworthy and a reason to watch situations such as this one.

Located some 250km south of Tehran, the Natanz facility was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack almost a decade ago. The Stuxnet worm was reportedly used to sabotage enrichment activity by incapacitating gas centrifuges, and the network attack affected the whole nuclear program, then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admitted at the time.

The site was also mentioned in the 2015 nuclear deal, which has been in jeopardy since the US withdrew from it in 2018. In response to the withdrawal, Tehran has rolled back its commitments under the pact and restarted enriching uranium beyond limits set out in the agreement.RT

The Natanz site is often thought to be Iran’s prime uranium enrichment facility and a key component of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Calling the enrichment site “inactive,” Kamalvandi said”there is no need to worry” about “the possibility of creating [radioactive] pollution.” The official stopped short of sharing any more details but said expert teams from the Atomic Energy Organization had been deployed to investigate the incident.

As I’ve said before, keep your eyes open, and make sure your preps are in place. If you’re in a big city, now would be a great time to ensure your bugout bag is in tip-top shape.

FRUGAL PREPPING: 12 SURVIVAL TOOLS YOU NEED IN YOUR BUG OUT BAG

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