A shadow war between Israel and Iran hangs ominously over the resumption of critical talks in Vienna on Wednesday, aimed at returning Iran and the US to the 2015 nuclear agreement. The talks come just three days after a sabotage attack at a key Iranian nuclear plant near Natanz, where an explosion cut off electricity to the whole site. The attacked damaged an unknown number of centrifuges – sophisticated machines that make uranium usable for nuclear purposes – and has stopped work at the facility for now.
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Iran says it will increase its enrichment of uranium to 60% purity – its highest figure ever – bringing it closer to the levels needed for a nuclear weapon. It comes after an “attack” at the Natanz nuclear facility in the country which Iran has blamed on Israel as an act of sabotage. France says it is co-ordinating a response to Iran’s latest move with world powers, adding that it was a “serious” development.
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Iran has accused its nemesis Israel of sabotaging a nuclear enrichment facility purportedly hit by an explosion a day after President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated advanced uranium centrifuges. What do we know about what happened early on Sunday at Natanz, the nerve centre of Iran’s atomic programme? And is dialogue scheduled to resume in Vienna aimed at salvaging the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers still viable?
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Thousands of machines used to refine nuclear material were destroyed or damaged in an attack at a key site on Sunday, an Iranian official has said. Alireza Zakani, head of the Iranian parliament’s Research Centre, said the incident had “eliminated” Iran’s ability to carry out the process. The attack took place in a facility up to 50m (165ft) underground, another official said. Iran has blamed Israel for what it called an act of “nuclear terrorism”.
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Iran gave notice yesterday that it will begin enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade purity, two days after an explosion at its most important nuclear facility for which it blamed Israel.
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