Friday, September 21, 2012

Iran's Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies

Iran’s top atomic energy official said in an article published Thursday that because of foreign espionage, his government had sometimes provided false information to protect its nuclear program, which Western powers and Israel have called a cloak to develop a nuclear weapons capacity.

The official, Fereydoon Abbasi, a nuclear scientist who is the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, did not specify the nature of the false information. Nor did he specify when it had been presented or to whom.

Mr. Abbasi’s remarks were quoted in an article on the Web site of Al Hayat, a pan-Arab newspaper in Britain that is considered the leading daily of the Arab diaspora. He talked this week with a correspondent for Al Hayat on the sidelines of a meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear monitor of the United Nations, which has repeatedly demanded that Iran provide unfettered access to its inspectors to resolve unanswered questions about the nature of the country’s nuclear work.

Iran has defied the I.A.E.A.’s inspection demands as well as resolutions by the United Nations Security Council calling on Iran to halt all uranium enrichment until the agency’s unanswered questions are resolved. Read More