Iran Says It Foiled Sabotage by Israeli-recruited Network at Nuclear Site

Iran has also reportedly made several arrests in a plot by an Israeli-recruited ring to sabotage the country's Fordow nuclear site

Jack Khoury
A satellite shows Iran's Fordow nuclear site in November 2020
A satellite shows Iran's Fordow nuclear site in November 2020Credit: AP
Jack Khoury

Iranian state television reported on Monday that security forces had thwarted planned sabotage at the country's major Fordow nuclear site by a network recruited by Israel, and that the forces had made several arrests.

The Mossad had also recruited a neighbor of a facility technician, who underwent special training to carry out the operation, the report stated.

Iran has accused Israel of carrying out several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear program and of killing its nuclear scientists over the past years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.

On Sunday Iran fired as many as 12 missiles toward the U.S. consulate in Iraq’s northern city of Erbil, Iraqi security officials said.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards released a statement later on Sunday saying they were targeting Israeli "strategic centers" in Erbil, state media reported.

"Any repetition of attacks by Israel will be met with a harsh, decisive and destructive response," the statement added.

Israel killed two Iranian members of the Revolutionary Guards in an airstrike earlier this week in Syria vowing to "make the Zionist regime pay for this crime."

The conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal is in its final stages with State Department spokesman Ned Price saying on Thursday that America was “close to a possible deal — it’s really down to a very small number of outstanding issues.”

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