Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber-attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defense said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage.
“Investigations by the relevant agencies have accurately determined the cause of the incident… at the Natanz nuclear complex,
” Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman for Iran’s top security body, said on Friday, according to news agency Tasnim. “Due to security considerations, the cause and manner of the incident will be announced at a convenient time.”
Natanz is located in the central Iranian province Isfahan. The explosion occurred early on Thursday, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) reported. The body later released a photo that depicted the site being heavily damaged.
A Middle Eastern intelligence official said that the damage was caused by a planted explosive device, but the AEOI didn’t mention any suspected foul play initially.
The BBC reported that a group called the Homeland Cheetahs has taken responsibility for the explosion, though it could not independently confirm the claim. The group is reportedly composed of Iranian military dissidents.