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Experts: Explosion Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program by More Than a Year

It's unclear if the explosion and other incidents that occurred in Iran over the past week were connected, but there is pressure mounting on Iran to respond. In the meantime, Israel is keeping quiet on whether it was responsible

Simon Henderson is a veteran researcher, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In an article he published on Monday in The Hill, he says: “It looks as though a ‘nuclear war’ of sorts has started in the Middle East.” Many people, Henderson writes, say that Israel was behind the explosion at the Iranian centrifuge plant in Natanz on Thursday. Satellite photos of the site show that the facility was mostly destroyed in the blast.

The Iranians now rely on older, IR-1 type centrifuges for enriching uranium. But these centrifuges can’t enrich uranium to the level required to manufacture a nuclear bomb. We can assume, Henderson writes, that Iran has gone back to manufacturing the more advanced IR-2 centrifuges that it needs for this purpose. (Haaretz / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you continue to frustrate Iran’s attempts to build a nuclear weapon—and that Your will be known to all.”