The structure at the Natanz facility was crucial to accelerating uranium enrichment, which is of concern to Israel and the US.

If the first explosion near the Perkin nuclear site could have been explained by accidents happening in secret places, the proximity of the blast at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant leaves little room for a casualty sequence.

In keeping with the familiar pattern, official Iran was quick to issue reassuring messages, saying it was only a gas leak and a fire, without damaging the sensitive sites. This is due to both the secrecy that exists within Iran itself around the nuclear program and embarrassment, if hostile elements have succeeded in damaging remote strategic facilities, located in the mountains (Parchin) and in the desert (Natanz).

While the explosion in the Parchin military compound area is unclear, the site is believed to be producing missiles. In Netzze, a new generation centrifuge facility appears to have been destroyed, which Tehran began to develop in its response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. These should allow it to enrich uranium at a much faster rate, increase its already exceeded reservoirs under the nuclear deal, and, when necessary, rapidly develop nuclear weapons - though it continues to deny it has, or ever has.

These two sites are of central importance, according to Western intelligence, in Iran's nuclear weapons program. In Perchin, Tehran is believed to have carried out nuclear-related experiments until 2003. Natanz, the central uranium enrichment facility of the Islamic Republic, was attacked at the beginning of the last decade by a sophisticated and devastating cyber operation developed by Israel and the United States.

The cyber operation, and the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in operations attributed to the institution, caused a major delay in accelerating the nuclear program, until it was frozen in 2015 with the signing of the agreement.
Noisy and glaring actions

Unlike the clandestine US and Israeli activities against the Iranian nuclear program, which began at the end of George W.'s administration. Bush and continued more strongly under Barack Obama's administration, the recent actions, if any, were noisy and shining. The first explosion in the Parchin area shook houses in the capital of Tehran and an orange flash was seen in the sky. In the second explosion, the building in Natanz - which the authorities said was only an "industrial warehouse" - was charred, with its casing collapsing, which experts believe indicates a strong internal explosion.

"The pictures show it was more of a blast than a regular fire, though the distinction can be misleading," he told Walla! NEWS investigator Fabian Hintz, an Iranian expert from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Center in Monterey, California. He noted that BBC correspondents in Persian received a statement of responsibility from an unknown organization hours before the blast, as a basis for the hypothesis that it was a sabotage and not an accident.

The same unrecognized group, which calls itself "the cheetahs of the homeland," claims to be composed of an opposition underground within Iran's security services. These allegations cannot be verified, and it is possible that the person responsible for the explosion, and the immediate suspects are Israel, the United States and the Gulf states, sought to sow panic within the regime as part of the psychological war that accompanies all these actions.

Source: International News Agencies

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