'Natanz incident bold act of nuclear terrorism on Iranian soil'
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sa'eed Khatibzadeh says the Sunday incident in Natanz which saw a nuclear facility lose electricity was "a bold act of nuclear terrorism on the Iranian soil".
According to Press TV, speaking at a press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said Iran will exact revenge on the Israeli regime in due time.
"Israel has said many times before that it would take action against Iran’s nuclear program," the spokesman said. "With this action, Israel tried to take revenge on the Iranian people for their patience and wise behavior."
Khatibzadeh said the machines that were taken out of service on Sunday during the blackout were of IR1 type, which Iran is already replacing with more advanced ones.
The act of sabotage came a day after Iran began feeding gas to cascades of new, advanced centrifuges and unveiled 133 achievements to mark its National Nuclear Technology Day and show the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.
In Natanz, the order was given to feed gas to 164 all-Iranian IR6 centrifuges, with 10 SWU – separative work units that indicate the amount of separation done by an enrichment process.
The IR6 is the most sustainably efficient centrifuge Iran currently deploys, which will be mass-produced on an industrial level. The machine is able to produce 10 times more uranium hexafluoride (UF6) than IR1, Iran’s first-generation centrifuges.
President Hassan Rouhani also gave the order to begin feeding gas to test a number of 30 IR5 centrifuges and 30 IR6s centrifuges, numbers that could grow if they are successful.
Moreover, mechanical tests began on the top-of-the-line IR9 centrifuge that has a separative capacity of 50 SWU.
Also in Natanz, a unit to assemble and evaluate advanced centrifuges was launched, where the presenting engineer said more than half of all operations are currently industrialized.
The "terrorist move” to blow up parts of the nuclear facilities in Natanz last year in an attack Israel has been suspected of orchestrating did not stop the progress, a presenting engineer who answered Rouhani's questions said.
Khatibzadeh pointed to reports that the Israeli regime was also behind the Sunday sabotage, saying the act was a “crime against humanity”.
“If the goal was to weaken Iran’s power, it failed,” he said, adding Israel "will definitely not achieve its goal” and Iran will.
On the link between the attack and the ongoing “constructive” talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, the spokesman said Israel cannot change the game and make the Iranian people pay the price.