Bushehr nuclear power plant
Bushehr nuclear power plantReuters

Iran vowed on Tuesday to maintain its nuclear program despite Israel's alleged efforts to sabotage it, stressing that the recent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment center was not going disrupt its pace.

"The Israeli regime should be aware that creation of norm-breaking narrative on any attack against our nuclear facilities, even if it's only propaganda, is considered as stepping in the path of violating red lines of global peace and security," government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, according to the Israel Hayom newspaper.

He was referring to the mysterious fire at the Natanz nuclear site last week, which Iran has publicly suggested could be attributed to the US or Israel.

Israel has not commented on the incident, but an unnamed Middle Eastern intelligence official told The New York Timesthat Israel was responsible for the attack, which he said was carried out using a powerful bomb.

Iran has recently reactivated key parts of its nuclear program in response to US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

In his remarks on Tuesday, Rabiei vowed that nothing would stop Iran's nuclear program.

"This incident has not had any effect on the process of uranium enrichment, and the Natanz facilities are active as before; Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful and despite hostilities of enemies, it is unstoppable," he said.

"After the incident, some media outlets tried to create a powerful image for the Israeli regime and attributed the incident to it while officials of the usurper regime have refused to accept responsibility," the government spokesman added.