Iran has blamed Israel for the sabotage of the Natanz nuclear site.

“The Zionists want to take revenge because of our progress in the way to lift sanctions … they have publicly said that they will not allow this. But we will take our revenge from the Zionists,”  Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Zarif told state TV on Monday.

According to Zarif, Israel “has publicly announced that it will not allow us to make progress in lifting restrictions, and it believes that it has succeeded in it.”

Zarif went on to say that this “sabotage act” at the Natanz nuclear power plant will not weaken Iran’s position in the negotiations. “The negotiating parties in Vienna should know that the Natanz reactor will henceforth be equipped with advanced centrifuges with high uraniu] enrichment capabilities,” Zarif added.

On the morning of April 11, an explosion occurred at a uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, in the Isfahan province in central Iran. According to reports, IR-1 uranium enrichment centrifuges were damaged. The explosion is reportedly a devastating blow to Iran’s ability to enrich uranium and it could take at least 9 months to resume work in the facility.