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Iran names the suspect in the Natanz attack, saying he fled the country

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran on Saturday named its suspect in an attack on the Natanz nuclear power plant, which damaged its centrifuges, saying he had fled the country before the sabotage.

State television named the suspect 43-year-old Reza Karim. It featured a passport-photographed man whom he identified as Karim, saying he was born in the Iranian city of Kashan.

The report does not specify how Karimi would enter one of the safest institutions in the Islamic Republic.

The report also aired a “red notice” from Interpol demanding his arrest. The arrest warrant was not immediately available in the Interpol public database. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The TV report says that “necessary actions are being taken” to return him to Iran legally, without giving details. The alleged “red notice” to Interpol marked the history of his travels, including Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Ethiopia, Qatar, Turkey, Uganda, and Romania.

The presentation also showed room centrifuges, as well as a warning tape at the Natanz facility.

The attack on Sunday, allegedly carried out by Israel, ignited a shadow war between the two peoples. Iran has begun enriching small quantities of uranium to 60 percent purity, its highest level ever in response to talks in Vienna aimed at rescuing its broken nuclear deal with world powers.


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