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Iran Official Says No Casualties, Serious Damages In 'Accident' At Natanz Nuclear Facility

Natanz nuclear site in southern Iran
Natanz nuclear site in southern Iran

Quoting the Spokesman of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, local news agencies on Thursday morning reported an "accident" in an "industrial shed" under construction within the grounds of Natanz nuclear facility".

Kamalvandi said the "accident" had caused no disruption to the activities of the facility and had no casualties. The cause of the incident is under investigation, he said and added that there is no cause for concern about nuclear pollution because the site of the accident was not in active use.

The nature and the cause of the accident is not clear at this time. The spokesman said that the accident occurred at a construction site and did not impact the uranium enrichment facility in operation. According to Kamalvandi the incident was under investigation and the chief of the Atomic Agency, Ali-Akbar Salehi, was present at the scene.

In April, Ali-Akbar Salehi, Head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran, announced that a new generation of centrifuges was going to be unveiled at Natanz nuclear plant where uranium enrichment takes place.

On Friday 26 June an explosion happened at Khojir region in the east of the capital close to Parchin military facilities where Iran's ballistic missiles are produced. The explosion at Khojir happened in the early morning hours and a massive orange light lit the skies which was seen by thousands and even captured on video and images.

Iranian authorities claimed the explosion had occurred at Parchin, not Khojir. Satellite images later confirmed the location was Khojir. They also attributed the incident to the explosion of gas tanks at a gas storage facility in the "public area" of Parchin.