Iran Says Damage at Nuclear Site 'Significant'


An accident at a nuclear complex in Iran caused significant damage and could slow the production of centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the country's atomic energy spokesman said.

The incident happened on Thursday at a warehouse under construction at the Natanz complex in central Iran, but caused no casualties or radioactive pollution, according to the Islamic republic's nuclear body.

Security officials called it an accident and said they had determined the cause, without providing any further explanation.

"There were no victims... but the damage is significant on a financial level," Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said in an interview published Sunday by state news agency IRNA.

"In the medium term, this accident could slow down the development and production" of advanced centrifuges, he said. Natanz is one of Iran's main uranium enrichment plants.

"God willing, and with constant effort... we will compensate for this slowdown so that the rebuilt site will have even more capacity than before," Kamalvandi added.

The organisation had earlier released a photo purportedly from the site, showing a one-storey building with a damaged roof, walls apparently blackened by fire and doors hanging off their hinges as if blown out from the inside.

State TV later showed the building from a different angle with minor damage to its walls.

Tehran announced in May last year it would progressively suspend certain commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, which the United States unilaterally abandoned in 2018.

Iran restarted enriching uranium at Natanz last September, despite having agreed under the accord to put such activities there on hold. Tehran has always denied its nuclear programme has any military dimension.

Comments 6
Missing keserwaniaseel 06 July 2020, 12:05

Is this a nuclear site? It looks like the illegal homes in dahyeh. But this lying regime has no shame as jerusalem post beat them in reporting the incident.

Missing keserwaniaseel 06 July 2020, 12:09

Thumb whyaskwhy 06 July 2020, 13:29

It sounds like they got whacked by Israel again sa7tien

Thumb s.o.s 06 July 2020, 14:15

for sure! but no retaliation.... lol

Thumb whyaskwhy 06 July 2020, 18:58

The cool thing is that Isreal hits them at will and they dare not tell their people they got hit. Sa7tien yalla lets hope this becomes a hobby for Israeli pilots who need a free range for training.

Thumb s.o.s 06 July 2020, 19:05

They’ve caused so much damage to Iranian infrastructure in the the past 10 days it is not even funny. Cyber attacks on a daily basis. They opened the valves of their gas storage resulting in the loss of 90% of the precious gas needed for their nuclear program.

These people still don’t understand that old analogical technology is best suited for them.