Iran Urges UN Watchdog To Condemn Nuclear Site "Sabotage" It Blames On Israel

October 5, 2021

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Agence France-Presse

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Iran called on the IAEA to publicly condemn what it said was an attack on one of its nuclear facilities. In June, Iranian authorities claimed to have thwarted a sabotage attempt at a centrifuge plant in Karaj, but on October 3 the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, said that the attack "severely damaged" the Karaj site and accused Israel of carrying it out. In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that Iran had denied its investigators access to the Karaj plant contrary to an agreement between the Agency and Iran. Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Kazem Gharibabadi, said that such access was never agreed upon, but Gharibabadi admitted that some IAEA monitoring equipment was damaged during the June incident and added that it was "unfortunate" that the IAEA would not put blame on Israel.