Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel behind Iran nuclear attacks – News Vibe24

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    Dubai: The outgoing head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest recognition, but his country has been behind recent attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear program and a military scientist.
    Yossi Cohen’s comments, speaking on Israel’s Channel 12 “Uvda” research program in a segment aired Thursday night, provided an excellent briefing by the head of the top secret organization on the last days of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule. .
    He also warned other Iran nuclear scientists that they too could be targeted for assassination, even as diplomats in Vienna try to negotiate terms to try to salvage his individual deal with world powers.
    “If the scientist is willing to change careers and no longer hurt us, yes, sometimes we offer them a way out,” Cohen said.
    Among the major attacks targeting Iran, none has hit deeper than two explosions last year at its Natanz nuclear facility. There, centrifuges enrich uranium from an underground chamber designed to protect them from air strikes.
    In July 2020, a mysterious explosion broke Natanz’s advanced centrifuge complex, which Iran later blamed on Israel. Then in April of this year, another explosion broke one of its underground enrichment rooms.
    Asked about Natanz, the researcher asked Cohen where they would go if they could travel there, he said “in the cellar” where “the centrifuges were spinning”. “It does not look like the past,” he added.
    Cohen did not directly claim the attacks, but his particularity offered the closest recognition of an Israeli hand in the attacks. The researcher, journalist Ilan Dayan, also seems to provide a detailed description of how Israel seized the explosives in Natanz’s underground rooms, which were not disputed by Cohen.
    “The man who was responsible for these explosions, it is clear, made sure to provide the Iranians with the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed,” Dayan said. “As they install this panel inside the Natanz facility, they have no idea that it already contains a huge amount of explosives.”
    He also referred to the November assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist who launched Tehran’s military nuclear program decades ago. The US intelligence service and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe that Iran abandoned its organized nuclear weapons campaign in 2003. Iran has long maintained a peaceful program.
    While Cohen on camera did not claim to be killing, Dayan in the department described Cohen as “personally disconnected throughout the campaign.”
    Cohen described an Israeli attempt to prevent Iranian scientists from participating in the program, which saw some abandon their work after being warned, even indirectly, by Israel. Asked if the scientists understood the consequences if they did not, Cohen said: “They see their friends.”
    Iran has repeatedly protested Israel’s attacks, with Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi warning only on Thursday that the incidents “will not only be answered decisively, but certainly leave no choice for Iran, but to reconsider the measures.” transparency and its cooperation policy. ”
    Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Cohen, who was replaced by former agent David Barnea.


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