Sep 22, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Jerusalem Post: Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Saturday accused German company Siemens of sabotaging its nuclear program, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported.
According to the news agency, citing Boroujerdi, Iranian security experts discovered small explosives embedded in equipment Tehran bought from Siemens for its nuclear program. DPA quoted Borojerdi as claiming, “the equipment was supposed to blow up after installation in order to destroy our [nuclear] systems.”
Siemens immediately dismissed the allegations, with DPA quoting company spokesman Alexander Machowetz as saying, “we have no business dealings related to the Iranian nuclear program.”
The United Nations has banned the sale of nuclear-related equipment to Iran.
The latest allegations of sabotage come less than a week after Iranian atomic energy organization chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani claimed that explosives were used to cut the electricity power lines to Iran’s Fordow underground enrichment plant on August 17.
Abbasi-Davani also told the annual member state gathering of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that “the same act” had been carried out on power lines to Iran’s main uranium enrichment plant near the central town of Natanz, without giving a date.
He concluded by accusing the IAEA of a cynical approach and mismanagement and suggested that “terrorists and saboteurs” might have infiltrated it.
Iran has previously accused Israel and the West of being behind the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and of trying to damage its nuclear program in other ways, such as cyber attacks.
Reuters contributed to this report.