Government spokesperson talks down the damage sustained during the attack
Iran accused Israel of responsibility for a sabotage attack on a supposedly civilian nuclear facility conducted in June, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.
The report said the alleged Israeli action was intended to disrupt ongoing negotiations in Vienna between Iran and Western states.
“The Zionist regime carried out this action to signal it can stop Iran and to say that there is no need to talk with Iran,” Iranian cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted by AP as saying. “But whenever sabotage has happened, our strength has increased.”
Iran offered few details about the attack that it said targeted a facility located in Karaj, a city about 25 miles northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran.
On June 23, state TV said a building belonging to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization was targeted, saying no casualties or damage was sustained.
Rabiei talked down the damage sustained in the incident, suggesting it was superficial.
The Karaj report follows several suspected incidents targeting Iran’s nuclear program that have heightened regional tensions in recent months, as diplomatic efforts gain traction in Vienna.