State TV in Iran broadcast a picture of a man who said he was behind the recent attack on the Natanz nuclear facility last Sunday.
The official news agency quoted the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security as saying that the man was called “Reda Karimi,” and he was part of the working team at the nuclear facility, and left the country days before the attack.
Iranian television added that the authorities had begun “the necessary and legal steps to arrest and return him to the country.”
Iranian officials accused Israel of carrying out what they described as a “sabotage” operation targeting the power unit in Natanz, the main facility in the country’s uranium enrichment program, on Sunday April 11th.
The officials said that the Natanz reactor for uranium enrichment was the target of “nuclear terrorism”, after operating new advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium in the reactor.
Israel did not comment on the matter, but public radio quoted intelligence sources as saying that it was an electronic Mossad operation.
The sources said that the operation caused more damage than was reported by Iran.
Israel recently intensified its warnings about its arch-foe’s nuclear program, amid efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by former US President Donald Trump.
Iran responded to the incident by announcing its intention to further enrich uranium, and said it had begun enriching uranium by up to 60 percent, which far exceeds what is permitted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
On Friday, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced that Iran is currently producing 9 grams of uranium enriched to 60 percent every hour at the Natanz facility in central Iran.
In statements to the Iranian Fars news agency, Salehi said that uranium enrichment at the Natanz facility did not stop, nor did any radioactive contamination result from the attack that targeted it.
The attack on Natanz came two days after Tehran launched “sophisticated” centrifuges that enrich uranium “more quickly.”
On Saturday, Iranian state television broadcasted the inauguration ceremony at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, south of the capital, Tehran. President Hassan Rouhani participated in the ceremony via video.
Iranian official media said that the process of pumping gas into the centrifuges, which was described as a new generation, has already begun.
The Western powers, which signed the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015, criticized such a move, and considered it a violation of Tehran’s obligations contained in the agreement.