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    Iran’s Foreign Minister says it was sabotage.

    And Israeli media outlets are quoting unnamed intelligence sources saying Israel’s Mossad spy service was behind it.

    The incident came the day after advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment were unveiled.

    But also as the Iranians are about to re-engage in indirect talks with the U.S. to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

    Israel has long opposed the accord.

    So, how will this incident affect US-Iran negotiations?

    Mohammad Marandi is Chair of American Studies, University of Tehran

    Meir Javedanfar is Iranian Politics Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya

    Hillary Mann Leverett is Former U.S. Diplomat and Co-author, ‘Going to Tehran’

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