The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has arrested members of a network plotting to sabotage Iran’s Fordow underground nuclear power plant, official IRNA news agency reports.
The conspiracy involved an Israeli-paid agent attempting to approach a person working with advanced IR-6 centrifuges at the facility, Monday’s report said.
The agent received secure communications and was paid in cash and cryptocurrencies to contact the plant worker using a contact at a Hong Kong front company as an intermediary, who was in fact an Israeli spy officer.
After contacting the factory employee, all wages are exchanged for cash and digital currency so that no trace is left.
The Israeli employee then contacts the factory employee through the agent and orders a software while gradually approaching him.
The factory employee continues to cooperate after knowing the true identity of the Israeli spy, but that all their movements are being monitored by IRGC intelligence.
According to IRNA, the IRGC Nuclear Command, in cooperation with the IRGC Counterintelligence Command, prevented one of the largest acts of sabotage of the country’s nuclear facilities.
The sabotage attack was supposed to take place before Nowruz, which marks the end of the Iranian year on March 20.
Iran’s nuclear program has been the subject of sabotage for more than a decade. Several Iranian scientists were also assassinated by Israel.