MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSE : Der Angriff auf Natanz und das JCPOA Von Dr. Ardavan Khoshnood14. April 2021
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,997, 14. April 2021 – ISRAEL
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In den Morgenstunden des 11. April wurde die Atomanlage Natanz im Iran angegriffen, angeblich von Israel. Der Streik kam zu einem heiklen Zeitpunkt, da der Iran und die Weltmächte über die Rückkehr Washingtons zum Gemeinsamen Umfassenden Aktionsplan (JCPOA) und die Aufhebung der Sanktionen diskutieren. Nach israelischen Schätzungen, da die Islamische Republik nicht eine Rückkehr der USA in die JCPOA gefährden will, wird ihre Reaktion auf den Natanz-Streik wahrscheinlich verspätet und stark umschrieben sein.
By Dr. Ardavan KhoshnoodApril 14, 2021- BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,997, April 14, 2021 / ISRAEL
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In the morning hours of April 11, the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran was attacked, allegedly by Israel. The strike came at a sensitive time, as Iran and world powers are discussing Washington’s return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the removal of sanctions. According to Israeli estimates, as the Islamic Republic does not wish to jeopardize a US return to the JCPOA, its response to the Natanz strike will probably be belated and highly circumscribed.
MESOPOTAMIA NEW BACKGROUNDER : IRAN AND ISRAEL’S UNDECLARED WAR AT SEA (PART 2): THE POTENTIAL FOR MILITARY ESCALATION
by Farzin Nadimi – PolicyWatch 3470 – April 13, 2021
Although both sides have sought to keep their tit-for-tat maritime attacks under control, they pose a substantial risk of miscalculation and escalation that could jeopardize international shipping.
On April 13, explosions rocked the Israeli-owned car-carrier ship Hyperion Ray near Fujairah. A week earlier, explosions badly damaged the Saviz, a converted cargo ship that Iran permanently moored in the Red Sea to serve as a suspected intelligence collection outpost and floating armory. Together, the two attacks appear to be the latest ripostes in Iran and Israel’s long-running, low-intensity shadow war.
Iran to start 60 percent uranium enrichment, deputy FM tells state media – 13 April 2021
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iran will increase its nuclear enrichment to 60 percent on Wednesday, Iranian state media reported deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi as saying on Tuesday.
Deputy FM Araghchi told Press TV that Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the step up in enrichment. Araghchi’s comment came a few days after the beginning of Vienna talks between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia to revive the 2015 nuclear deal birthed by the administration of Barack Obama. Araghchi is in the Austrian capital as a negotiator at the talks.
Despite Austin’s visit, Israel not reassured on Iran
Israel welcomes US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on a first official visit to Israel, though it is not at all sure whether the visit would calm down Israeli concerns over a US deal with Iran.
Rina Bassist AL MONITOR – April 12, 2021 – Israeli media raised concerns on April 11 over US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin avoiding to mention Iran in his joint press conference in Tel Aviv with Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Addressing journalists, Austin conveyed the administration’s strong commitment to Israel, stating that “during our meeting, I reaffirmed to Minister Gantz our commitment to Israel is enduring, and it is ironclad. And I pledge to continue close consultations in order to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge and to strengthen Israel’s security.”
MESOPOTMIA NEWS : Israel keeps on stalling Iran’s drive for a nuke – but that drive is still going strong
Iran’s Atomic Energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, called the power blackout at its underground enrichment center in Natanz on Sunday morning. April 1, an act of “nuclear terrorism” – the sort of language that betrays fury over serious damage. Speaking to state TV, Salehi held back details and named no names, but suspicion automatically fell on Israel, the US or both.
The conviction is growing, DEBKAfile’s analysts note, that whatever Israel may throw at Iran’s nuclear program, sabotage, cyberwar, malware or even assassinations, including the death of its top scientist last year, the Iranians simply patch up the damage and get back on track. Nine months after the Natanz centrifuge production hall was blown up, a larger, newer facility was sunk underground. It was there that, on Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani switched on new, advanced centrifuges for the accelerated enrichment of uranium to grades prohibited under the 2015 accord.
Israeli explosion sets back Natanz enrichment facility by 9 months – NYT
While Israeli media initially reported the incident was caused by a cyberattack, more recent reports say an explosive device was used. – By TZVI JOFFRE APRIL 12, 2021 12: JERUSALEM POST
Explosives were used to completely destroy the internal power system at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility in an alleged Israel operation, two intelligence officials told The New York Times on Sunday night.The explosion caused severe damage to the site and it could take at least nine months to restore production at Natanz, according to the officials.
Israeli cabinet member: Leaks hurt Israel’s interests, the policy should be ambiguity.
Iran on Monday blamed Israel for a sabotage attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged the centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium there, warning that it would take revenge for the assault.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Natanz would be reconstructed with more advanced machines, something that could imperil ongoing talks in Vienna with world powers about saving Tehran’s tattered atomic accord.
“The Zionists wanted to take revenge against the Iranian people for their success on the path of lifting sanctions,” Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency quoted Zairf as saying. “But we do not allow (it) and we will take revenge for this action against the Zionists.”
“Mossad hinter Cyberangriff auf iranische Atomanlage Natanz” – Das Sicherheitskabinett wird nächste Woche inmitten wachsender Spannungen zwischen Israel und dem Iran zusammenkommen.
Von YONAH JEREMY BOB, LAHAV HARKOV, TZVI JOFFRE 11. APRIL 2021 22:03 JERUSALEM POST
Der Mossad soll hinter dem Cyberangriff im Atomkraftwerk Natanz am Sonntag stecken, der der wichtigsten iranischen Urananreicherungsanlage große Schäden zuteil werden ließ. Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu berief das erste Treffen des Sicherheitskabinetts seit zwei Monaten ein, um am kommenden Sonntag inmitten der zunehmenden Spannungen mit Teheran über den Iran zu beraten.
‘Mossad behind cyber attack against Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility’
Security cabinet set to meet next week amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran. By YONAH JEREMY BOB, LAHAV HARKOV, TZVI JOFFRE – JERUSALM POST –
APRIL 11, 2021 22:03 – The Mossad was reportedly behind the cyberattack at the Natanz nuclear plant on Sunday that caused extensive damage to Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility.