The existence of the newly-formed center was officially confirmed for the first time in a report that announced the arrest of a team planning sabotage acts at the Fordow Nuclear Facility. The team, appointed by the Israeli spy agency Mossad, was arrested by the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization and Nuclear Command Center.
Earlier this year following several acts of sabotage at Iran’s nuclear facilities, Head of the Passive Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali announced that a command center for nuclear defense and security would be formed.
At the time Brigadier General Jalali said that the formation of such a center would help eliminate all previous faults and weaknesses, making the whole system invulnerable.
(IRGC) Intelligence and Security Organization forces arrested members of a sabotage team which plotted acts against Fordow nuclear facility in Central Iran.
The IRGC security forces managed to prevent a major act of sabotage at the Iranian nuclear facility in the Northeastern part of Qom province, as the network was attempting to carry out its act before the Persian New Year holiday that starts on March 20.
Officers of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, attempted to get close to one of staff members of the IR6 unit of the Fordow facility. To that aim, the officers first attracted the trust of one of the neighbors of that person by providing the neighbor with money and devices like a laptop and a cell phone.
To collect information, Mossad officers then got close to the IR6 staffer who was paid in cash and cryptocurrency in order to hide any evidence.
A Mossad agent communicated with the Fordow staffer under the guise of a Hong Kong company and with the help of the middle man, and ordered software and gradually got closer to the staffer.
The staffer continued cooperation with the Mossad spy even after realizing their real identity, but without knowing that all the process was being monitored by the IRGC Intelligence Organization.
Iran’s nuclear program has been the subject of sabotage for more than a decade. Several Iranian scientists have also been assassinated by Israel.
In June 2012, Iran announced that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested all terrorist elements behind the assassination of the country’s nuclear scientists.
In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, terrorists killed a 32-year-old Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and his driver on January 11, 2012.
The blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.
The assassination method used in the bombing was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani – who became the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization – and his colleague Majid Shahriari. While Abbasi Davani survived the attack, Shahriari was martyred.
Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.
Also, Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh came under attack by terrorists in the town of Absar in Damavand county to the East of Tehran on November 27, 2020, and was martyred hours later.
Fakhrizadeh’s car was targeted by an explosion and machinegun fire in Damavand’s Absard 40 kilometers to the East of Tehran.