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Iran: explosion near Natanz nuclear power plant is a military “test”


An hour ago, one of the region’s missile systems was tested to assess readiness on the ground, and there is nothing to feararmy spokesman Amir Tarikhani said on state television.

a defensive missile was fired in an attempt to test a rapid reaction to a possible attack, said Iribnews, the television site.

The explosion was heard in the sky over the town of Badroud, 20 kilometers from the nuclear power plant, according to the official Irna news agency.

The residents of Badroud heard the noise and saw a light coming from an object which had just exploded in the sky of the city.

A quote from A witness

The Iranian military’s military test comes as talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Monday after several months of stoppage.

Negotiations are taking place between Iran and the major powers still party to the agreement (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia and China), after the United States withdrew from the pact in 2018 under the presidency of Donald Trump.

This agreement offered Tehran the lifting of part of the sanctions stifling its economy in exchange for a radical reduction of its nuclear program, placed under strict UN control.

The United States, which is participating only indirectly in the talks, accused Iran on Saturday of blocking negotiations while developing its atomic program, and warned that it could not not accept this attitude.

On April 11, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (OIEA) reported a accident having caused a power outage at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, one of the nerve centers of the country’s nuclear program, accusing Israel of being the source.

It was in this factory that new cascades of centrifuges banned by the Vienna Agreement had been put into service the day before.

Israel, Tehran’s nemesis, has repeatedly declared its readiness to use all means, including force, to prevent Iran from acquiring the capacity to produce nuclear weapons, and the Islamic Republic has carried out periodic exercises. to improve defenses around its nuclear sites.

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