Iran should ratchet up its nuclear activities despite Natanz sabotage: Analyst

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An American geopolitical analyst and commentator says Iran should continue to scale up its civilian nuclear program, irrespective of recent acts of sabotage targeting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities.

“Iran should continue to ratchet up its enrichment program though Israeli subterfuge will surely continue,” Dean Henderson said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

He noted that the administration of new US President Joe Biden should not be trusted any more than its predecessor led by Donald Trump.

“The Anglophile Establishment provides all foreign policy direction through the powerful Council on Foreign Relations – a wing of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, in the city of London,” Henderson pointed out.

The analyst added that Israel’s spy agency Mossad was definitely behind the recent act of sabotage at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, as the Stuxnet computer virus, discovered in 2010 and widely believed to be a joint US-Israeli creation, targeted Iranian centrifuges at the same nuclear site in the past.

“Iran will not get any help from the Biden administration, which in typical neo-liberal fashion, will count on the Israelis to do the Crown's dirty work in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran,” Henderson pointed out.

He doubted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would take any concrete measure against the act of sabotage against Natanz facility.

“I doubt we'll see anything from the IAEA, since it was launched as a nom de guerre (instrument of war) against the OPEC price hawks… The IAEA is simply a mechanism through which the Western banks and oil majors can counter the influence of a producer cartel, in this case oil,” the analyst commented.

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Sunday that an incident took place at the electricity distribution network of Shahid Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility in Natanz, which is a uranium enrichment center located in the city of the same name in Iran’s central province of Isfahan.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the attack and said, “The deliberate targeting of a highly sensitive safeguarded nuclear facility — with the high risk of potential release of radioactive material — constitutes reckless criminal nuclear terrorism.”

The attack, he added, “must not go unpunished. Any power with knowledge of, or acquiescence in, this act must also be held accountable as an accomplice to this war crime.”


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