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Israeli Attack on Iran Nuclear Facility Designed to Wreck JCPOA Negotiations


This week, a purported cyber attack took place which caused a major incident at Iran’s Natanz reactor, just as the facility restarted spinning advanced centrifuges.

Israel has not officially acknowledged that it was behind the sophisticated attack this week on Iran’s primary nuclear facility on April 11th. As a matter of policy, Israel neither confirms nor denies these type of attacks for fear of facing international condemnation.

Meanwhile, the global media is attempting to downplay the incident. Indeed, the timing of the attack was uncanny, and certainly not a coincidence considering that diplomatic talks which are intended to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are set to resume this week in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, has described the attack and ensuing blackout as an act of “nuclear terrorism.”

This would be the first time that Israel has tried sabotaged Iran’s nuclear work before, with tactics ranging from cyber attacks like STUXNET, to assassinations of leading Iran nuclear scientists. In fact, Israel is believed to have orchestrated the murder of numerous Iranian nuclear scientists over the years.

New York Times reports…

A power failure that appeared to have been caused by a deliberately planned explosion struck Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment site on Sunday, in what Iranian officials called an act of sabotage that they suggested had been carried out by Israel.

The blackout injected new uncertainty into diplomatic efforts that began last week to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal repudiated by the Trump administration.

(…) Two intelligence officials briefed on the damage said it had been caused by a large explosion that completely destroyed the independent — and heavily protected — internal power system that supplies the underground centrifuges that enrich uranium.

It is likely that this was a targeted attack by Israel which is designed to derail any possibility of Iran and the United States both returning to the JCPOA Iran Nuclear Deal which was canceled under the Trump Administration. This is also a convenient situation for the Biden Administration who wants to publicly appear to be wanting to rejoin the Nuclear accords, but not in reality – as the de facto US policy from the beginning was always to sabotage the agreement.

SEE ALSO: Washington’s Predictable Betrayal of the JCPOA Iran Nuclear Deal

“Tehran faces an extremely tricky balance,” said Henry Rome, an Iran analyst at the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy.

“It will feel compelled to retaliate in order to signal to Israel that attacks are not cost-free.”

Mr. Rome also told the New York Times that, “Iran also needs to ensure that such a retaliation does not make it politically impossible for the West to continue pushing forward with J.C.P.O.A. re-entry.”

One thing abundantly clear though – that Israel is acting as recklessly as ever and appears to be very willing to instigate both a major nuclear incident, and a major regional war – in order to achieve its own sense of regional hegemony.

Tel Aviv views crippling Iran as essential to achieving its own domestic ‘security’ objectives including its military containment of the native Palestinian population, as well as its long-term land aspirations in south Lebanon and Syria’s Golan Heights.

SEE MORE IRAN NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Iran Files

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