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Uranium enrichment plant in Iran crashed a couple of hours after launch

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It is not yet clear whether this could be related to cyberattacks periodically encountered by Iranian nuclear facilities.

Uranium enrichment plant in Iran crashed a couple of hours after launch

Due to the accident, the power supply to the Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz was interrupted. This was announced by the official representative of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behruz Kamalvandi.

The emergency happened a few hours after the ceremonial launch of advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment at this enterprise. According to official data, no one was hurt from the power outage, and there are no negative consequences for the environment.

As the news agency "Fars" reported with reference to B. Kamalvandi, there were no victims and no environmental pollution. The reasons for the incident are being investigated.

The government announced an investigation into the circumstances of the incident, without specifying whether it could be related to cyberattacks that Iran's nuclear facilities periodically encounter. This version is being distributed by Israeli media without links to verified sources.

Recall that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday ordered the launch of a cascade of 164 IR-6 centrifuges at a nuclear facility in Iranian Natanz to obtain enriched uranium.

The production of new centrifuges for uranium enrichment launched on Saturday contradicts the terms of the international agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. After Washington announced its withdrawal from the treaty and the return of sanctions against Iran, Tehran refused to comply with the restrictions imposed on it.

After the change of the US president, negotiations on the return to the nuclear deal, in particular, on the refusal of uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, intensified.

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