The nuclear facility near Tehran was reportedly hit by an explosive-laden drone on June 23.
Satellite imagery shows significant damage to a building inside Iran’s main centrifuge manufacturing facility, a vital component of the regime’s rogue nuclear weapons program. An explosive-laden drone reportedly hit the Karaj nuclear facility on June 23.
The roof of the building appears to be “missing,” and “black coloration” is inside the structure — suggesting a fire or an explosion, the Israel-based independent intelligence company The Intel Lab confirmed.
As President Joe Biden’s administration initiated talks with Tehran in hopes of restoring the Obama-era nuclear deal, the Karaj facility had been busy rolling out most advanced nuclear centrifuges to boost the regime’s production of near weapons-grade uranium.
According to Nournews, June 24th, 2021 "Security forces have managed to foil an act of sabotage against one of the buildings of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) in Karaj, Alborz province". Satellite Image from July 1st tells a different story. #Iran #Nuclear #JCPOA pic.twitter.com/QTAqTml4HT
— The Intel Lab (@TheIntelLab) July 3, 2021
The Times of Israel reported the findings of The Intel Lab:
Private Israeli intelligence group The Intel Lab released satellite photos on Saturday of what it said is damage from a reported drone attack on an Iranian nuclear facility last month.
Iran claimed to have foiled the June 23 attack on the site in Karaj, but Israeli media reported that the facility — said to have been used for assembling centrifuges for uranium enrichment — was damaged in the strike.
The drone attack reportedly hit the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company, or TESA, in the city of Karaj, northwest of Tehran. The TESA factory was tasked with replacing the damaged centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site and also produces more advanced centrifuges that can more quickly enrich uranium, according to a New York Times report last month. (…)
A small quadcopter drone was used in the attack on TESA, the New York Times report said, citing an Iranian source who was not identified. The drone was apparently launched from within Iran, not far from the site, and succeeded in hitting the target, according to the Iranian source familiar with the incident, the report said.
The Iranian regime downplayed the damage to its nuclear weapons site, calling it ‘roof damage’ despite the undeniable visual evidence. “We have had no damage to equipment. There was small damage to a roof and the (satellite) pictures were taken when the roof was removed for repairs,” regime spokesman Ali Rabiei told state media.
In related news, reports indicate a “large fire” near the Karaj nuclear facility today. Regime-run, “Tasnim News Agency, reported that the fire was near Karaj, the city where an alleged attack targeted a nuclear facility reportedly used to produce centrifuges,” The Jerusalem Times confirmed.
Today’s incident follows a string of unexplained fires and explosions striking Tehran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program since the Biden administration intensified efforts to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.
Last month, the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr’s southern Iranian port city underwent an “emergency shutdown” for “unexplained” reasons. In April, an explosion at Iran’s top nuclear site in Natanz destroyed thousands of advanced centrifuges, essentially derailing the regime’s current uranium enrichment plans.
The Mullah regime continues to minimize the severity of the attacks on its illicit nuclear weapons program and ties to Israel’s blame.
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