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Iran nuclear chief reveals sabotage at Fordow facility
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi addresses the IAEA meeting in Vienna on Monday, Sept 17, 2012.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi addresses the IAEA meeting in Vienna on Monday, Sept 17, 2012.
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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has revealed sabotage operations at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility in August just ahead of a scheduled visit by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.


“On Friday August 17, 2012, power lines running from the city of Qom to Fordow facility were cut using explosives. It should be reminded that power outage is a way of damaging centrifuge machines. In the early hours of the following day, [IAEA] inspectors demanded a snap inspection of the facility,” Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi told the IAEA meeting in Vienna on Monday.

“Isn’t there any connection between the visit and the blast? Who else could have quick access to the facility other than IAEA inspectors to register and report dysfunctions?” he asked.

“In another case, a similar incident happened along the road to Natanz facility. Due to the transparency of our peaceful nuclear [energy] program and the IAEA's supervision, we have tried to purchase our required articles from the world markets. IAEA does not help us with the lifting of sanctions. Perhaps they have no duty in this regard. However, when the Stuxnet virus is used [by Iran’s enemies] … or explosives are stashed in the devices, they give truthful and honest reports on the number of centrifuge machines, exact mass of the uranium … and everything else which is visible in the vicinity,” he said.

Abbasi went on to warn the UN nuclear watchdog against the infiltration by “terrorists and saboteurs.”

“We must make director-general of IAEA and his colleagues aware of this issue and give the necessary warning [to them].”

The official said those who planned to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities understood through IAEA reports that they had failed.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating diversion in Tehran's nuclear energy program toward military purposes.

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