Iran denies dissidents' nuclear site allegation

Tehran denies claims of secretly building new underground facility; Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says it "is in no way true."

By REUTERS
July 12, 2013 17:11
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A general view of the Arak heavy-water project, 190 km southwest of Tehran January 15, 2011.

Arak plant, Iran 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

DUBAI - Iran denied on Friday

Its new allegation drew a cautious international response on Thursday: the UN nuclear watchdog and France - one of six world powers trying to diplomatically resolve the nuclear dispute with Iran - merely said they would look into the matter.

The NCRI, which seeks an end to Islamist theocratic rule in Iran, is the political wing of the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), which fought alongside Saddam Hussein's forces in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

"These claims are a continuation of the story-telling of the bankrupt (PMOI) group," Araqchi said, adding the "terrorist" organization lacked credibility.

The NCRI did not specify what kind of atomic activity it believed would be carried out at the alleged new facility once complete.

Iran said in 2009 it planned to build 10 more uranium enrichment sites on top of its underground Natanz and Fordow plants, alarming the West as it could enable Tehran to faster produce material which can have both civilian and military uses.

Tehran's refusal to curb sensitive nuclear activity, and its lack of full openness with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, have drawn tough Western sanctions and a threat of pre-emptive military strikes by Israel.


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