“We are not asking a man what he did at night” – .

“We are not asking a man what he did at night” – .

Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster on Sunday refrained from directly answering questions about an explosion near an Iranian nuclear site the day before, saying only that he “cannot say” what hit Natanz .

When asked what Israel had to say about Saturday’s explosion near the Natanz site, Schuster said: “We are not asking a man what he did at night, but we are currently trying. to change the motivations of the whole world by diplomatic means.

“Iran is a problem for the whole world, and not just for the State of Israel alone,” Blue and White’s lawmaker told Radio 103FM, when asked about Israel’s potential involvement in the explosion.

“We have a duty to be courageous and responsible for the fate of our children and grandchildren,” he said. “We have used force against our enemies in the past and we are convinced that in extreme situations it is necessary to act by military means. “

“We hope that the whole world will be mobilized for the mission. For this, we have allocated a significant amount to increase our preparation. What struck Natanz? I can’t say, ”added Schuster.

Israel has reportedly approved a budget of around 5 billion shekels ($ 1.5 billion) to be used to prepare the military for a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear program. It includes funds for various types of aircraft, intelligence gathering drones and unique weaponry needed for such an attack, which is expected to target heavily fortified underground sites.

The buildings at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility are pictured about 200 miles (322 km) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, on March 30, 2005. (AP Photo / Vahid Salemi)

Saturday’s explosion was heard in the sky over the Iranian town of Badroud, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Natanz nuclear power plant.

Several media outlets, including Nour News, a website linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, said the blast was not an attack, but rather a missile as part of a test of air defense response to an attack. potential.

Some reports indicate that a drone was shot down.

The explosion came amid heightened tensions between Iran and world powers, as Tehran continues its race towards nuclear enrichment. It came a day after nuclear talks in Vienna were halted, with Western countries claiming Iran had come to the talks with unrealistic proposals.

Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz have seen several reported attacks in recent years that have been attributed to Israel.

A fire damaged building at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility about 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, in a photo released on July 2, 2020. (Organization of the atomic energy of Iran via AP)

In April, the underground nuclear facility suffered a mysterious explosion that damaged some of its centrifuges. Last July, unexplained fires hit Natanz’s advanced centrifuge assembly plant, which authorities later called sabotage.

The landmark 2015 nuclear deal – initially between Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the United States – began to crumble in 2018 when the US president then Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed the sanctions, while Iran began to publicly violate the agreement.

Israel has sworn that it will not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons.

AFP contributed to this report.


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