According to an unnamed intelligence source speaking on background with the New York Times, it appears that Israel was behind the massive explosion that rocked one of Iran’s top nuclear sites on Thursday.
The source went on to claim that the explosion and fire were likely due to the effects of a ‘powerful bomb’ planted as an Israeli attempt to sabotage the site.
As The Jerusalem Post reports:
Israel was behind an explosion and fire at Iran’s Natanz nuclear complex caused by a “powerful bomb,” a Middle Eastern intelligence official with knowledge of the incident told The New York Times on Monday.A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed to the Times that an explosive was used in the incident as well. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
Israel has worked to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program in the past, including the Stuxnet cyberattack discovered in 2010, which targeted Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and was blamed on Israel and the US.The IRGC member told the Times that the possibility that a cyberattack was behind the incident at Natanz has been ruled out.
Image from #Iran|ian media (@IranIntl) show the significant damage to #Natanz Nuclear Plant, the debris from the explosion at the Centrifuge Assembly Hall can be seen at quite a distance from the building. pic.twitter.com/9TqDqBiFXF
— Aurora Intel – #StayHome (@AuroraIntel) July 5, 2020