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Iran Denies Arresting Nuclear Experts

VOA News - 21 Apr 2004

Iran's intelligence minister is denying a report that Iranian agents have arrested two nuclear experts for passing nuclear secrets to foreigners. Speaking to reporters in Tehran Wednesday, Ali Yunesi said no one has been arrested for transferring classified information.

A hardline Iranian newspaper, Ya Lessarat, first reported the alleged arrests, citing what it called "an informed source." The paper says Iranian security agents carried out the arrests after an extensive investigation.

International concern about Iran's nuclear program has grown over the past couple of years.

U.S. officials have accused Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons under the guise of a peaceful nuclear power program, an allegation Tehran denies.

And the International Atomic Energy Agency has criticized Iran for failing to give a full account of its nuclear activities.

Iran recently signed an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that will allow the IAEA to conduct snap inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.

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