Iran insists no video of nuclear site lost due to ‘sabotage’

The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has dismissed being responsible for the loss of surveillance video from a centrifuge parts production site, suggesting data was lost due to an attack against the factory this summer.

“The files were destroyed by an act of sabotage,” the agency said in a December 18 press release after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had “doubts” on Iran’s explanation for the missing video.

Iran has blamed Israel for the June attack on the Karaj settlement, west of Tehran, and until recently blocked access to the site because it was considered a crime scene.

The missing surveillance footage has raised concerns that Iran is hiding increased nuclear activity.

The IAEA was only recently allowed to replace damaged surveillance cameras at the site, and on December 17, the UN nuclear watchdog said Tehran had failed to provide a convincing explanation for them. lost data.

When asked in Vienna if he thought the data could have been destroyed in the June attack, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said: “We have doubts about this.

“That’s why we ask them, ‘Where is he? “I hope they will find an answer because it is very strange that she is going away,” Grossi said.

The move comes as Iran and world powers negotiate to revive a stalled nuclear deal reached in 2015 under which Tehran agreed to curtail its controversial nuclear program in return for relief from punitive economic sanctions.

The United States withdrew from the deal in 2018, leaving Iran to view the deal as broken and resume many activities, including production of centrifuges, which it had agreed to stop or limit.

Under President Joe Biden’s administration, Washington has expressed interest in joining the deal if Iran returns to full compliance.

The centrifuges manufactured at the Karaj facility have applications to produce enriched uranium which can be used to power both nuclear reactors and, possibly, nuclear weapons.

The last round of negotiations on restarting the nuclear pact ended on December 17, and participants expressed optimism about the possibility of resuming before the end of the year.

With reports from dpa, Reuters and AP

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