Iran identifies suspect behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

Iran identifies suspect behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

The man Tehran accuses of being behind the recent explosion at its main Natanz nuclear plant has been named by Iranian state TV.

The 2015 accord, which former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from in 2018, prevented Iran from stockpiling enough high-enriched uranium to be able to pursue a nuclear weapon if it chose in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

US President Joe Biden commented that the Iranian decision would not help resolve the standoff, but added: "We are nonetheless pleased that Iran has continued to agree to engage in discussions".

The Iranian state TV report also said there were images that corroborated the account of an explosion rather than cyberattack offered by security services, but it did not broadcast those pictures.

"But we have to work on arrangements.to drop it to 5 grams per hour".

While Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, the country is widely suspected of having carried out the still-unexplained sabotage at the Natanz nuclear enrichment site. Days later, Iran announced that it was increasing its uranium enrichment to 60 percent purity - a provocative, threefold increase over its previous enrichment levels.

The talks aiming at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, which began on Thursday in the Austrian capital, Vienna, have reportedly made progress.

"There's an agreement on a final target between all. There are some serious differences", he added.

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The 2015 nuclear agreement lifted then-existing sanctions in exchange for Tehran's acceptance of strict limits on its nuclear program.

The ongoing discussions involved European Union officials and representatives from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran. Iran -by remaining in the deal - passed with flying colours.

"Therefore, the concerns raised by the United States and Europe. and the perception that the 60% enrichment means moving towards 90%, is not true; It is wrong to think that we are paving the way for the production of atomic bombs", Rouhani said Thursday.

The agreement is created to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon, something it denies wanting to do.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi talks to the media during a press conference after a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and United Arab of Emirates in city of Paphos, Cyprus, Friday, April 16, 2021.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister and Tehran's lead negotiator in Vienna, hinted Saturday at positive progress in the talks, saying "good discussions" had taken place at a joint meeting of the participants, according to Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency.

The 2015 deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. This is a signal to Washington that it's running out of time for sanctions relief, which is Iran's singular demand for even coming to the table for "direct" talks (interaction with the U.S. team in Vienne is only happening "indirectly").

Negotiations aimed at ensuring the return of the United States to the JCPOA and the lifting of sanctions resumed this week. "The writing of the text can start, at least in the fields with a consensus", Araghchi said.

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