2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: View of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran 2/2
DUBAI (Reuters) – A power problem sparked an incident at Iran’s Natanz underground nuclear facility, Iranian Press TV reported, a day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges at the site. “The incident did not cause any casualties or pollution,” said spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, adding that “electricity was affected at the Natanz facilities.” Last year, a fire broke out at the Natanz nuclear facility, which the government says was an attempt to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. The Natanz underground site is the centerpiece of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and is monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog. Tehran and Washington have been trying to reactivate Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers that former US President Donald Trump abandoned three years ago. Trump reimposed the sanctions that were lifted on the Islamic Republic and imposed many more. In reaction to the US sanctions, Iran violated many restrictions imposed by the agreement. The two nations made tough positions in indirect talks in Vienna last week on how to get both of them back to full compliance with the deal.