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Iran refutes media hype over alleged missing uranium

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 15, IRNA
Iran-Nuclear-Spokesman
The alleged disappearance of uranium at Iran's nuclear facilities is a media hype, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, said on Monday.

His remarks were made as he was commenting on the allegation made by the Daily Telegraph.

"Iran's all nuclear materials in Isfahan and Natanz nuclear facilities are under the supervision of and sealed by the
International Atomic Energy Agency," Qashqavi said.

He said even the IAEA's spokesperson Melissa Fleming has denied the London-based daily's claim by releasing a statement on Sunday.

Reacting to the allegation, Fleming said: "All enriched uranium in Isfahan nuclear installations are under the control and supervision of IAEA and nothing is missing."

She stressed that the allegations were invalid and completely fabricated.

"The IAEA's Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has repeatedly announced that there is no deviation from Iran's civil nuclear program towards military purposes," Qashqavi said.

He added that the Daily Telegraph's article was a clear example of a "media cold war" before the IAEA's chief presents his latest report on Iran's nuclear program.

ElBaradei is expected to present his latest report on Iran later on Monday.

"We got accustomed to hear such fabrications from the Western media. Such media hype may continue until the next 48 hours," said the spokesman, in reference to the timing of ElBaradei's report to be released later in the day.

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