A blaze in an industrial shed at an Iranian nuclear facility has left “considerable damage,” the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) mentioned Sunday, based on state information company IRNA.
The warehouse, constructed seven years in the past at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, was mentioned to be the location the place centrifuges could be developed sooner or later.
However, varied units have now been broken or fully destroyed within the hearth, AEOI spokesman Behrus Kamalwandi informed IRNA.
“Fortunately, nobody was killed within the incident, however the monetary damage was considerable,” Kamalwandi mentioned, based on the report.
Kamalwandi had initially spoken of restricted damage after the hearth on Thursday, which he mentioned additionally had no impression on operations at the facility itself.
The AEOI additionally mentioned there was no nuclear materials within the industrial shed. For security causes, the Iranian management mentioned it doesn’t but need to disclose additional particulars or the precise explanation for the incident.
The underground web site is positioned 220 kilometers (136 miles) southeast of Tehran and is Iran’s most vital uranium enrichment plant, resulting in some hypothesis about the reason for the accident.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had not too long ago pressured Iran to permit nuclear inspections at suspect nuclear websites.
Under a 2015 pact, Tehran had agreed to just accept a short-notice IAEA inspection regime known as the Additional Protocol, which can be in power in lots of different international locations.
Since final yr, nonetheless, the nation is not adhering to a number of key provisions of the settlement, in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the pact.
The 2015 deal was designed to forestall Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons by maintaining its shares of enriched uranium low.