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Two alleged "spy pigeons" were apprehended near Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz, according to Iranian media reports.
A report in the Etemad Melli newspaper said security forces found metal bands and invisible string attached to the birds, one of which was found this week, and the other earlier in the month.
The source quoted in the report declined to give further description and did not say what would happen to the birds.
The uranium enrichment plant at Natanz has 4,000 operating centrifuges, according to latest reports, despite pressure from the West and UN sanctions to encourage the Islamic Republic to abandon its nuclear program.
The Iranian government insists the program is only used to generate power for civilian use.