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Israel made 'very bad gamble' on Natanz: Iran FM

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Speaking during a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart, Iran's top diplomat said the incident enabled Iran to use all of its options at Natanz legally and legitimately.

"Israel played a very bad gamble if it thought that the attack will weaken Iran's hand in the nuclear talks," Zarif said.

Tehran has said an explosion on Sunday (April 11) at its key nuclear site was an act of sabotage by arch-foe Israel and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war.

Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognize, has not formally commented on the incident.

Video Transcript

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF: [SPEAKING PERSIAN]

INTERPRETER: I assure you that Natanz will definitely, in the near future, progress with more advanced centrifuges and, if Israel thought they can prevent Iran and the Iranian people from pursuing the lifting of the US sanctions, they played a very bad gamble.

We will do our own investigations. If we conclude our investigations, and Israel turns out to be responsible, then Israel will receive its response, and it will see what idiocy it has committed. Rest assured that Iran's position, after this action, will be stronger, both in the negotiations and in nuclear future.