The Natanz underground facility experienced a disruption, possibly an explosion. causing significant damage to the facility, possibly setting the nuclear development by at least nine months.
“The timing of the attack came the day after Iran celebrated its National Nuclear Technology Day; the day after Iranian scientists began operating more powerful centrifuges; and amid ongoing talks in Vienna aimed at revitalizing the flagging 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, which Israel vehemently opposes.” It also was the same day that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Israel for talks with both Netanyahu and Gantz.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif blames Israel for the attack, vowing “revenge on the Zionists. The negotiating parties should know if they faced an enrichment with 1st generation centrifuges, now Natanz can be full of advanced centrifuges.” Iran has called the attack an “act of nuclear terrorism.”
The stakes are high for Israel regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu informed Defense Secretary Austin, “My policy as Prime Minister of Israel is clear-I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel.”
It is an ongoing state of vigilance and intervention by Israel regarding a nuclear Iran.
(Source: The Times of Israel)