Iran won’t climb down from claims it may retaliate for what it says is an Israeli sabotage, nuclear terror “war crime” against its Natanz facility. It also says that the facility will continue to operate advanced centrifuges. The Islamic Republic hosted the Russians on Monday night and says that Russia has denounced US and EU sanctions. This is part of Iran’s game plan to show that Moscow has Tehran’s back. Iran says enrichment at Natanz is not halted, despite the damage done by an electrical failure that Iran blamed on Israel.
Meanwhile, Iran says that it is making progress in a dispute with South Korea over frozen assets. In short, it is boasting that despite the Natanz embarrassment, it is full steam ahead on international relations. According to Fars News Agency's government correspondent, government spokesman Ali Rabiee told reporters in a press conference that Iran suffered a “terrorist” attack at Natanz.“The action taken against the Natanz enrichment center shows the defeat of the enemies of the country's industrial and political progress to prevent the significant development of the country on the one hand, and the successful negotiations to lift the oppressive sanctions on the other,” he said.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran, while condemning this desperate move and emphasizing the need for the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency to deal with this nuclear terrorism, reserves the right to act against the perpetrators, commanders and managers of this attack,” he said. This “reserves the right” story about retaliation appears to be a dialing back of Iran’s claims it would retaliate. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to seriously develop nuclear technology on the one hand and try to lift the oppressive sanctions on the other hand,” he said.
Rabiee says only limited damage was caused, adding that "It is quite clear to us that the root of this terrorist act is the anger of the Zionist enemies against the efforts of [Iran Deal] members to fully revive this agreement in recent weeks, and its ultimate goal is to prevent the continuation of this constructive diplomatic process.
"The response to the sabotage at the Natanz nuclear site will be given in a timely manner," he said. "It is quite clear to us that the root of this action is anger due to the efforts of Borjam parties to revive it,” he said. “The problem is solved quickly and it is nonsense to say that Natanz has been out of order for six or nine months."
Meanwhile, Iran is extending bilateral agreements with Russia. His attempt to put a brave face on the issue was in contrast to a long discussion he gave about government failures in other parts of Iran, including against COVID.