Iran names suspect in ‘sabotage’ attack on nuclear facility

2019 by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran shows centrifuge machines in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran. The facility lost power Sunday

2019 by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran shows centrifuge machines in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran. The facility lost power Sunday

It showed a passport-style photograph of a man it identified as Karimi, saying he was born in the nearby city of Kashan, Iran.

His comments follow a report by Axios last week citing an unnamed senior Biden official, who said that the United States had "put forward some very serious ideas" and "demonstrated a seriousness of purpose" at the recent Vienna nuclear talks, while Iran has yet to demonstrate that it will "match" "that seriousness of goal". The sabotage and Iran's response to it also have further inflamed tensions across the Mideast, where a shadow war between Tehran and Israel, the prime suspect in the sabotage, still rages.

The report did not elaborate how Karimi would have gotten access to one of the most secure facilities in the Islamic Republic.

The report also aired what appeared to be an Interpol "red notice" seeking his arrest.

It added that "a large number" of centrifuges whose enrichment activity was disrupted by the explosion had been returned to normal service, the report said.

"The will of the Iranian nation is a miracle-maker and it will defuse any conspiracy", Mr Qalibaf said on state television.

Iran has said it is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon, and a US intelligence report released earlier this week determined that Tehran was not "currently undertaking" activities needed to produce such a weapon.

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In Vienna, negotiations continued over the deal Saturday.

Wang called on all parties to the deal to remove all disturbances and speed up the negotiation process to hash out an arrangement for the US and Iran to resume compliance with it.

He said Washington should lift all sanctions relating to the Iran nuclear issue - be it sanctions on Iran or long-arm jurisdiction measures on third-party entities and individuals.

Iran began breaching the terms of the deal after President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018. In January, Iran began enriching uranium from the 3.67 concentration allowed under the deal to 20 percent - a step closer to the 90 percent required for the fissile material in a nuclear weapon.

But the Islamic Republic now has no such ships in its navy.

Hassan Rouhani was responding to concerns by European countries over Tehran's announcement it had started 60% uranium enrichment in light of an attack on its Natanz facility. However, no other official has offered that figure and no images of the aftermath have been released.

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