Iran, Kazakhstan, reject reports of secret uranium deal
Iran, Kazakhstan, reject
By JPOST.COM STAFF, AP
Iran and Kazakhstan have both refuted reports of a secret deal by which Iran would procure uranium, Israel Radio reported Wednesday afternoon.
Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Yerzhan Ashikbayev denied his government was involved, saying that the ex-Soviet nation has fully observed its international obligations.
"All Kazakhstan's activities in the uranium sphere have been under the IAEA control," he told the Associated Press.
A spokesman for Kazatomprom, the Kazakh state uranium company, also denied involvement.
Iran's mission to the United Nations in New York described the report as "a fabrication and completely baseless," in a statement faxed to the AP in Teheran.
According to a separate report by Army Radio, Iran also claimed that the accusations against it were part of a psychological war.
On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Iran was close to a deal to import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan.
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