Iran said on Monday that noises near its Bushehr nuclear power plant were linked to an air defense exercise, Iranian state media reported, while Tehran would provide a “devastating response” to any Israeli attack.
“This air defense exercise took place at 5:00 am local time (0130 GMT) with full preparation and coordination with the armed forces,” Bushehr’s deputy governor Mohammadtaqi Irani told Iranian state media. Previously, some media reported that anti-aircraft fire could be heard in the area.
Iran has accused Israel of multiple attacks on facilities in connection with its nuclear program and the killing of its nuclear scientists in recent years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations. In contrast to the efforts of the world powers to revive the Iranian atomic bomb of 2015, Israel has long threatened military action against its archenemy Iran if diplomacy fails to prevent the acquisition of an atomic bomb. The Islamic Republic says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.
Iran has warned against a “devastating” response to any Israeli move against the Islamic Republic. “If Israel carries out attacks against Iran, our armed forces will immediately attack all centers, bases, routes and spaces that are used to carry out the aggression,” said Iranian commander Gholamali Rashid, according to Nournews.
Indirect talks between Iran and the US on the resumption of the nuclear pact have made little noticeable progress since their resumption last month, for the first time since the election of hard-line Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi in June. Talks are expected to resume this year, while some officials have given December 27 as a tentative date.
The 2015 agreement lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for severe restrictions on Iranian nuclear activities aimed at removing the time it would take for Tehran to procure enough fissile material for an atomic bomb if it so chose – the so-called eruption time at least a year to extend about two to three months. In response to Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy, Iran began in 2019 to break the nuclear constraints of the agreement and to advance its nuclear activities. Tehran says its nuclear moves can be reversed if all sanctions are lifted in a reviewable process.
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