Iran Vows Revenge Against Israel After Attack Damages Its Top-Secret Nuclear Facility

A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. (REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo)

Iran blamed Israel Monday morning for a power failure at its top-secret Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday.

The comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh is the first official accusation against Israel. Israel has remained quiet about the incident.

"The answer for Natanz is to take revenge against Israel," Khatibzadeh said. "Israel will receive its answer through its own path." He did not elaborate.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif separately warned Natanz would be reconstructed with more advanced machines.

"The Zionists wanted to take revenge on the Iranian people over their success on the path of lifting sanctions," Iran's state-run IRNA news agency quoted Zairf as saying. "But we do not allow and we will take revenge on this action from the Zionists."

The alleged attack caused major damage to Natanz's centrifuges and will likely set back Iran's nuclear program several months, according to unnamed intelligence officials cited by The New York Times.

Iran characterized the blackout as "nuclear terrorism" but did not say what caused the power outage.

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