Israel reportedly launched a cyberattack against Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility early on Sunday, which has severely crippled the nation’s enrichment program.
The Times of Israel reported that unidentified sources told Hebrew media outlets that Israel’s Mossad security service was responsible for the strike, while The Associated Press noted that news organizations inside Israel “nearly uniformly reported a devastating cyberattack orchestrated by the country caused the blackout.” One local media station said the attack caused “severe damage at the heart of Iran’s enrichment program.”
The cyberattack, which some Iranian experts claimed could not have been behind the power outage, came only a day after Iranian officials bragged about the nation’s new centrifuges, which expedite the process needed to create nuclear weapons, during Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day. Iranian officials claimed that the cyberattack was an act of “nuclear terrorism.”
“In the early hours of Sunday morning, the underground Natanz facility suffered an electrical disruption in what was widely speculated to be an Israeli cyberattack,” The Times of Israel reported. “The disruption at Natanz appears to have been designed to counter Iran’s efforts to raise pressure on the United States by amassing greater quantities of uranium and enriching it to higher levels as the two sides negotiate a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.”
Amos Yadlin, the former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of Military Intelligence, said on Sunday that he was concerned about Iran’s nuclear program, noting that if the cyberattack hit the facility’s backup power systems, it could take Iran months to recover.
“But if somebody really hit all 6,000 centrifuges — old and new — that’s an extraordinary achievement,” said Yadlin. Local media said that U.S. officials “expressed satisfaction with the damage to the facility.”
In 2017, nuclear weapons expert Dr. Peter Vincent Pry told The Daily Wire that he believes that Iran already has nuclear weapons based on numerous indicators from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s reports:
“Even the IAEA in their 2011 report, if people would read it, found things that were so alarming … there’s a virtual smoking gun that Iran already has the bomb,” Pry said. “The IAEA was reporting it found prior to 2003 that Iran was already manufacturing bridge wire detonators, neutron initiators, they had done an implosion test already, they had done 14 different designs correct for a nuclear warhead to see if they could fit the psychics package for a nuclear warhead into the reentry vehicle for the Shahab-3 high explosive warhead.”
Pry said it was blatantly obvious that Iran most likely already has nuclear weapons, saying that “anyone with half a brain” could see it.
“Because when we were doing things like that back in the Manhattan project days when we were working with 1930s and 1940s aero technology,” Pry continued. “When the United States was doing implosion tests and building bridge wire detonators, and neutron initiators, we were within 3-6 months of getting the bomb.”
“It’s just implausible that Iran before 2003 was at that stage and then never crossed the finish line,” Pry concluded.
A piece published last month at National Review by Pry, former CIA director James Woolsey, and other top experts warned last month that American politicians are being “misled by the intelligence and defense communities,” which they say are “are grossly underestimating the nuclear threat from Iran.” The experts said that they believe Iran already has nuclear weapons.