The head of the Institute for Science and International Security David Albright told the Israeli Jerusalem Post that nearly three quarters of the main centrifuge assembly hall in Iran was destroyed by the recent explosion there.
Albright said that this latest disclosure is based on an overview of the satellites, which showed a much more complete picture of the shots released at the end of last week, and indicates that the vast majority of the centrifuge assembly hall has been erased.
This could mean, according to the expert, that there will be an increased delay in Iran's nuclear program, as it will have to recover from the accident, which will need more time.
The nuclear expert added, "It is clear that a huge explosion occurred, which led to the destruction of nearly three quarters of the main centrifuge assembly hall, which led to a fire that blackened a large part of the building."
According to the latest report by the Institute for Science and International Security, "high-resolution satellite imagery shows that the Iranian Central Assembly Center (ICAC) at the Natanz enrichment site has suffered extensive, and potentially irreparable, damage".
Moreover, the report says, "This new facility, which opened in 2018, was important for the mass production of advanced centrifuges, especially rotating groups, which is a rapidly rotating part of the centrifuge and its most important component."
Regarding the retraction of Tehran's future nuclear program, the report adds: "The purpose of the building's annex was to assemble electrical components for centrifuges, including engines, which is another important component of centrifuges."
He said: "While early reports from Iran indicated that the fire was limited and limited to a shed under construction, recent Iranian confessions indicate that the damage was significant."