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Iran denies running covert nuclear site

Source: Press TV

Iran's nuclear chief Ali-Akbar Salehi has denied allegations of a clandestine underground atomic site near the country's mega capital of Tehran.

Iran's top nuclear official Ali-Akbar Salehi (file photo)

The terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) on Thursday had claimed that it had evidence of a new secret underground atomic site in the country.

The group had said that a facility intended to enrich uranium was deep under a mountain near Qazvin -- about 120 km west of Tehran -- and was about 85 percent complete.

"We don't have such a facility, if they have any details they should inform us so that we can thank them," Salehi told Mehr news agency on Friday.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said the country has plenty of facilities that, for example, sterilize agricultural products using nuclear technology which do not fall into the nuclear plant category.

Founded in the 1960s, the MKO has masterminded terrorist operations in Iran and Iraq, killing thousands of people and wounding many more.

The group is especially notorious in Iran for having sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

The Public Prosecutor of the Iraqi High Tribunal, Jaafar al-Mousawi, stated in mid-August that investigations have also incriminated MKO members in playing a leading role in the killings of Iraqi civilians.

Mousawi further commented that the terrorist group had supported Saddam Hussein's Baath regime, aiding in the suppression of the Iraqi people's uprising in 1991 and the torture and massacre of innocent people in the northern and southern regions of the country.

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