An air defense test triggered a loud explosion near Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility on Saturday, as nuclear talks with major powers failed.
The official IRNA news agency reported that the explosion was heard in the sky over the Iranian city of Badroud, only 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the nuclear plant.
An eyewitness told IRNA, “The residents of Badraud heard noises and saw a light that showed an object had flown into the sky over the city.”
But Iranian military spokesman General Amir Tarkhani told state television that there was no cause for concern.
“An hour ago, one of our missile systems was tested in the region to assess the preparedness situation on the ground, and there is nothing to fear,” Tarikhani said.
Israel has repeatedly stated that it is prepared to use all means, including force, to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon capability, and Iran has from time to time to improve security around its nuclear sites. Have practiced.
“In order to evaluate systems located in the area, such exercises are conducted in a completely secure environment and in full coordination with the Integrated Defense Network,” an army spokesman said.
Israel is pushing hard for world powers to abandon talks with Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which reopened in Vienna on Monday.
David Barnia, the head of Israel’s Mossad external intelligence agency, said on Thursday, “A bad deal, which I hope they will not reach, is unbearable from our point of view.”
The United States warned on Saturday that it would not allow Iran to “slow down” talks on its nuclear program, as well as accelerate uranium enrichment and other activities.
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