Iran: "Sabotage Attack" on Civilian Nuclear Center Thwarted

June 23, 2021

Author: 

Nasser Karimi and Isabel Debre

Publication: 

Associated Press

Iran's state media reported on June 23 that authorities foiled a "sabotage attack" against a nuclear facility in Karaj operated by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). The report added that the assault resulted in no casualties or damage and that Iran had yet to identify the perpetrators. Karaj contains two known sites tied to Iran's nuclear program: a location for the storage of radioactive waste and the Karaj Agricultural and Medical Research Center, an AEOI-run complex launched in 1974. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) lists the waste-storage site as a "safeguard facility" and visited it in 2003. The United Nations and the United States imposed sanctions in 2007 on the Karaj Agricultural and Medical Research Center, which the U.N. Security Council linked to Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.