Iran has sometimes provided false information about its nuclear program in order to mislead foreign intelligence agencies, Iran’s nuclear chief has said. The remarks come as still no comprise has been found regarding Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
In an interview with pan-Arabic London-based newspaper al-Hayat Fereydoun Abbasi, a nuclear scientist, who also serves as Iran’s vice president, accused Britain’s MI6 of spying on Iran’s nuclear program.
“We presented false information sometimes in order to protect our nuclear position and our achievements, as there is no other choice but to mislead foreign intelligence,” he told the paper.
“Sometimes we pretended to be weaker than we really were, and sometimes we showed strength that was not really in our hands,” Abbasi admitted.
He also noted that the International Atomic energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, deals with Iran as if it’s guilty.
"Others accuse us, and the agency seeks to establish these accusations, like what happened with the regime of Saddam Hussein, wanting a legal framework by which to isolate Iran and toughen sanctions on it."
Abbassi however did not provide any details on the nature of the false information, nor he stated to whom it was provided and when.
The UN nuclear watchdog declined to comment on the issue.
Abbassi gave the interview on the sidelines of the IAEA meeting that is taking place in Vienna this week. So far little progress has been made in ending the stalemate over Iran’s controversial nuclear program- which Tehran claims is peaceful- denying the West’s accusations that it seeks to create nuclear weapons.
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