Iran says ‘nuclear energy mountain’ remains ‘fully safe’ after Israeli strike

are “fully safe” and have not been impacted by Israeli strikes, the country’s regime says.Israel carried out limited strikes on areas of Iran early Friday in retaliation for Tehran firing a barrage of at Israel last Saturday.The region surrounding the city of Isfahan — home to the country’s “nuclear energy mountain” — was among the areas targeted in the strike.Isfahan is home to Iran’s Uranium Conversion Facility and three research reactors. The country’s is also in the region.Iranian state media stated following the attack that the nation’s atomic sites were “fully safe” and not struck by the missiles.”The explosion this morning in the sky of Isfahan was related to the shooting of air defense systems at a suspicious object that did not cause any damage,”  Iranian army commander Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said.The International Atomic Energy Agency, a watchdog organization, later confirmed “there is no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites.”The agency said it “continues to call for extreme restraint from everybody and reiterates that nuclear facilities should never be a target in military conflicts.”Details surrounding the intended target of the strike – if there was one – were not immediately available, but was previously able to confirm the target was “not nuclear or civilian.”A senior Iranian official allegedly told Reuters that Iran has no plans to immediately respond to the Israeli strike, which was described differently in Iranian state media. The explosions heard in Isfahan were allegedly a result of the country’s air defense systems activating and not a missile attack, the official told Reuters.Former spokesman Jonathan Conricus wrote on X that while Iran appears to downplay the strike, he “think[s] they’ve gotten the message.” Digital’s Bradford Betz, Jennifer Griffin and Elizabeth Pritchett contributed to this report.