Iran: Tehran announces that it has pushed drone attack on military site in center of country

The authorities have not given details on the activity of the targeted site, but Iran has several nuclear research complexes known in this region, including a uranium conversion plant necessary for making a Atomic bomb.

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Iran said in the night of Saturday January 28 to Sunday, January 29, having pushed an attack on a military site located in Ispahan, in the center of the country.

“An attack, which failed, was carried out using drones on one of the complexes of the Ministry of Defense,” said the latter, quoted by the Irna agency, adding that she did not make a victim but only “minor damage to the roof” of a building.

“The attack, which occurred on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. [9 p.m. in Paris], did not cause disturbance in the operation of the complex,” said the ministry that specifies that one of the drones was destroyed by the site’s anti -aircraft defense system, while the other two exploded. 2> no victim

A video widely broadcast on social networks whose agency France-Presse could not verify the authenticity shows a strong explosion on the site and images of emergency vehicles then heading towards the area.

The vice-government of Ispahan province, Mohammad Reza Jan-Nesari, also said on television that the attack “did not make a victim”, adding that an investigation was opened To define the causes.

The authorities did not give details on the activity of the targeted site, located in the north of the big city of Ispahan.

The announcement of this attack intervenes in a tense context against the backdrop of a dispute movement in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini in September, accusations by certain countries of supplies by Tehran of Drones in the Russian army for the War in Ukraine, and persistent divergences on the nuclear file.

nuclear program

Iran has several known nuclear research sites in this region, including a uranium conversion plant. In April 2022, Tehran announced that he started producing uranium 60 % enriched on the Natanz site, approaching the 90 % necessary for making an atomic bomb.

Negotiations to relaunch the 2015 nuclear agreement concluded between Iran, the European Union and six major powers, are in a standstill after the release of the United States in 2018. This agreement was aimed at preventing Tehéran to acquire the atomic weapon, a goal that Iran has always denied pursuing.

The nuclear program was the target of several cyber attacks, sabotage and targeted assassinations of scientists. Iran thus accused Israel of having carried out several secret actions on its soil, including an attack, perpetrated according to Tehran by means of a machine gun commanded by satellite, having killed a leading nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in November 2020 .

/Media reports cited above.