A suspicious explosion last week badly damaged one of the most sensitive and prized sites in Iran’s nuclear programme. Now speculation has begun to mount over who or what caused it, and what Iran might do in response. The focus of allegations of an attack fall on Israel, which has conducted clandestine operations on Iranian soil in the past – seizing documents and files about Iran’s nuclear programme – and has a motive for slowing down Tehran’s nuclear technology development. Sabotage of the site by Israel or any other group or country would mean glaring security deficiencies and possible enemy infiltration at one of Iran’s most sensitive sites. The explosion on Thursday took place at a workshop near the central Iranian city of Natanz, where scientists and engineers have been striving to build advanced centrifuges to more quickly and efficiently produce enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. It followed a 26 June explosion at the missile facility of Parchin, which was allegedly used to conduct nuclear research in the 1990s, on the outskirts of Tehran.
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