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Fire Damages Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility

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Damaged building at Natanz nuclear site

A fire that broke out, at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Thursday caused significant damage, the spokesman of Iran’s nuclear energy body has said.

Natanz, about 250 km (150 miles) south of the capital Tehran, is Iran’s largest uranium enrichment facility.

Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said the fire could slow down Tehran’s development and production of advanced centrifuges in the medium term, and that Iran would replace the damaged building with a bigger one that had ore advanced equipment.

The fire hit a centrifuge assembly workshop. Some Iranian officials have blamed possible cyber- sabotage. Centrifuges are needed to produce enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons.

Iran’s top security body said on Friday that the cause of the incident at the nuclear site had been determined, but due to security considerations it would be announced at a convenient time.

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