Blast Heard Over Iran's Natanz, Where Nuclear Facility Located

© AP Photo / HASAN SARBAKHSHIANIran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran (File)
Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran (File) - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.12.2021
Recent media reports have suggested that Israel's Mossad organised earlier blasts at the Natanz nuclear site using recruited Iranian scientists.
A blast was heard in the Iranian town of Natanz, where one of the country's nuclear sites is located, local Iranian Student News Agency has reported.
Another Iranian news outlet, PressTV later reported that air defence officials explained that they had fired a single missile to test the "rapid reaction force".

"Such exercises are carried out in a completely secure environment [...] and there is no cause for concern", an Army spokesman said.

Reports of the explosion come as talks continue in Vienna between the participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal) with the goal of restoring the accord and lifting sanctions from the Islamic Republic. As the signatories of the JCPOA try to salvage the 2015 deal, Israel has strongly opposed the effort, claiming it would allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons.
In this image made from April 17, 2021, video released by the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, various centrifuge machines line the hall damaged on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, some 200 miles (322 km) south of the capital Tehran, Iran - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.12.2021
Iranian Scientists Recruited by Israel’s Mossad Behind Explosions at Natanz Nuclear Plant - Report
Tel Aviv has strongly suggested that it will do everything in its power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear device, which Tehran insists it is not seeking. While Israel has not publicly acknowledged engaging in operations against Iranian nuclear sites, the Natanz plant suffered a strong explosion on 11 April 2021. A recent media report suggested that the sabotage might have been carried out by scientists allegedly recruited by Israel's Mossad.
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