Siemens denies selling Iran 'explosive-laden' equipment for nuke programme

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 08:20 hrs

German electronics manufacturer Siemens has denied claims of selling any nuclear equipment to Iran, after Tehran accused the firm of selling gear implanted with explosives.

Iran had claimed that the firm supplied it equipment for its nuclear programme that had been sabaotaged with explosives.

Aladin Borujerdi, a prominent Iranian MP and chair of the parliamentary national security, told the state-run media that country's intelligence agencies had foiled the alleged plot.

"Intelligence-security apparatus succeeded in discovering explosives in equipment which were provided to us for our nuclear activities," Sky News quoted Borujerdi, as saying.

"The explosives were to blow up when activated to disrupt the whole system. Domestic experts nullified the plot of the enemy, however, the company Siemens, which provided this equipment, must answer for its action," he added.

According to the report, Siemens, which was building a nuclear power station in Iran before the Islamic revolution in 1979, said it had not been involved in any deals in the country and had no knowledge of the plot.

"Siemens does not have any business ties with Iran's nuclear programme and does not supply any technical equipment for it," the report quoted a spokesman for the Munich-based firm, as saying. (ANI)

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