Ahmadinejad admits centrifuges damaged by virus

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 29, 2010 18:58

Iranian president says specialists stopped Stuxnet virus; also announced weekend as starting date for nuclear talks.

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Ahmadinejad in Beirut

Ahmadinejad Nasrallah. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday admitted that "software installed in electronic equipment" damaged "several" of the country's uranium enrichment centrifuges, according to an AFP report.

"They were able to disable on a limited basis some of our centrifuges by software installed in electronic equipment," Ahmadinejad responded to reporters after he was asked whether his country's nuclear program encountered problems.

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"Our specialists stopped that and they will not be able to do it again," the Iranian president declared.

Earlier in November, Symantec, a computer security firm, said that computer worm "Stuxnet" might have been created to damage electronics that power uranium enrichment centrifuges.

Iranian officials reiterated that the country's nuclear program was not harmed by Stuxnet, and rejected claims that there was a halt in the enrichment.

However, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report last week that a one-day outage did occur within Iran's Natanz nuclear plant earlier this month.

In related news, Ahmadinejad also said on Monday that Iran has accepted a weekend starting date for talks with major powers over the country's controversial nuclear program, according to Reuters.

"Two dates have been proposed, they accepted one of them and we do not have any problem with that," Reuters cited Ahmadinejad as saying during a news conference.

The Iranian leader added that the venue was still being determined.


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