Iran admits buying nuke parts from dealers

Iran's foreign ministry acknowledged on Sunday the country had bought nuclear components from dealers but said it did not know where the parts came from.

    Tehran insists it has never pursued nuclear weapons

    Disclosures by Abd al-Qadir Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear programme, have in recent weeks opened the

    lid on a global black market network for sensitive nuclear technology that could be used to make atomic bombs.

    Khan has admitted to leaking nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

    "We have bought some things from some dealers but we don't know what the source was or from what country they

    came from," ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a weekly news conference.

    "It happens that some of those (dealers) were from some sub-continent countries," Asefi added, stressing that

    Tehran had informed the UN's nuclear watchdog - the International Atomic Energy Agency - about the purchases.

    Malaysian police said on Friday Khan had sold centrifuge parts worth $3 million to Iran in the mid-1990s.

    But Asefi said Iran, which insists its nuclear programme is geared solely to electricity generation, had "never

    pursued nuclear weapons and will not do so".

    SOURCE: AFP


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