Iran's representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency says the
Stuxnet computer worm that infects industrial software is not a concern to his
country's nuclear industry.
"Stuxnet has had no effect whatsoever on Iran's nuclear activities," Ali Asghar
Soltanieh told reporters at Khajeh Nasir Toosi University, according to Fars
news agency. "I daresay that the IAEA's reports regarding Iran's nuclear
activities and its installations and centrifuges all attest to the continuation
of these activities without any problems."
Last July, published reports said Stuxnet had infected Iran's industrial
computer systems and nuclear facilities.
Computer experts maintained that in addition to espionage, the Stuxnet worm was
capable of triggering explosions in nuclear installations.
The New York Times published a report last December describing Stuxnet as a
joint U.S.-Israeli project that was tested in Israel's Dimona nuclear facilities
for the precise purpose of sabotaging Iran's nuclear activities.
Folowing news of a Stuxnet infection at Iran's new Bushehr nuclear plant,
Russian nuclear experts warned of a potential disaster similar to the one in
So far, the Bushehr Nucelar Power Plant has delayed the start-up of power
Soltaneih went on to add that the IAEA does not need to inspect the TABA plant
that manufactures centrifuges."Production of parts is not included in the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, so that inspection of the manufacturers of
centrifuge parts is not obligatory."
The dissident group People's Mojahedin Organization reported on Thursday that
the TABA plant near Tehran produces centrifuges that are used for uranium
Iran's foreign minister, Ali Akabar Salehi, said on Saturday that Iran
manufactures centrifuges and its parts in various parts of the country, and the
TABA factory is no secret.
Regarding talks with the G5+1, Iran's representative to the IAEA added that Iran
is "always ready to continue nuclear talks without pre-conditions."
Iran last held nuclear talks with the G5+1 in Turkey last February after which
Catherine Ashton, head of EU foreign policy announced her disappointment
regarding the outcome of the negotiations.
The West contends that Iran is turning its nuclear program toward military
objectives, but Iran has repeatedly denied the charge and insists that all of
its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.