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Record of a fire in a warehouse in the Iranian Natanz nuclear power plant

July 2, 2020

The Iranian authorities confirmed on Thursday that a fire has damaged a warehouse under construction at the Natanz nuclear power plant, despite denying that it has affected the operation of the facilities.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency (OEAI) spokesman, Behruz Kamalvandi, has pointed out that the camp is located in an open space in the facilities, and stressed that an investigation is currently underway to determine the causes of the event.

He said the fire did not cause material damage or affect its operations, adding that since the facility is not active, there is no risk of contamination, the Iranian news agency Mehr reports.

Record of a fire in a warehouse in the Iranian Natanz nuclear power plantRecord of a fire in a warehouse in the Iranian Natanz nuclear power plant

For their part, official sources from the Iranian television station Press TV have emphasized that there is no evidence that the incident was a sabotage act. The facility is located approximately 200 kilometers from the capital, Tehran, and is the main center for uranium enrichment in the country.

Iran is in a dispute with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for failing to provide agency inspectors with access in 2018, given the tensions surrounding the 2015 nuclear deal after the country’s withdrawal.