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Espionage in Iran’s nuclear facilities

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 9, 2010

Iran revealed for the first time that some personnel at the country’s nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West, but that increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

The stunning acknowledgment by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi provides the clearest government confirmation that Iran has been fighting espionage at its nuclear facilities.

Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying that some nuclear personnel had access to information about Iran’s plans for “foreign purchases and commercial affairs.” The report did not elaborate on the precise nature of the information or the timeframe over which the spying took place.

“Now, these routes have been blocked. The possibility of information leaking is almost impossible now,” Salehi was quoted as saying.

“Our colleagues were awakened. … The personnel and managers have all reached the conclusion that this is a national issue and that we should … resolve our problems among ourselves.”

“In the past, personnel had easy access to information but it is not the case anymore now,” Fars quoted him as saying.

Salehi said Iran’s nuclear agency also published booklets for its personnel alerting them to the various techniques the West uses to try to lure them into espionage. The booklets “spell out precautionary measures to protect (information) and the life of scientists,” he was quoted as saying.

Saturday’s revelation was the first public word that some personnel have engaged in espionage.

On the other hand, Iran is ready to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear program “in late October or early November,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday.

“We think late October or early November will be an appropriate date for the talks by the representatives of Iran and 5+1 countries,” Mottaki told a news conference. The talks supposed to be held in early October, but same as before Islamic regime plays dirty games to extend their time and continue enriching and pursuing whatever they want in nuclear field.

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