Iran named a suspect on Saturday involved in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that has damaged centrifuges, saying he had fled the country before the sabotage happened.
The extent of the April 11 damage remains unclear. This incident comes as Iran tries to negotiate with world powers over allowing the US to re-enter its nuclear deal with world power and lift the economic sanctions it faces.
State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi. It showed a passport-style photograph of a man it identifies as Karimi, saying he was born in the nearby city of Kashan in Iran. The report also aired what appeared to be an Interpol “red notice” seeking his arrest. The arrest notice was not immediately accessible on Interpol’s public-facing database.
The TV report said necessary actions are underway to bring Karimi back to Iran through legal channels. The supposed Interpol red notice listed his travel history as including Spain, the UAE, Kenya, Ethiopia, Qatar, Turkey, Uganda, Romania, and another country that was Ill eligible in the broadcast.
The attack at Natanz was initially described only as a blackout in its electric grid but later Iranian officials began calling it an attack.