Fereydoun Abbasi
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Iran atomic chief admits Tehran misled IAEA
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran gave IAEA 'false information to protect its nuclear facilities,' claims MI6 info connected to scientists' assassinations
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Fereydoun Abbasi said Thursday that Tehran "occasionally" gave the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "false information" to protect Iran's nuclear facilities.


In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, Abbasi said, "There is no choice but to mislead other intelligence bodies. Sometimes we show weaknesses we don't have. Sometimes we show strengths we don't have. Later this is evident in talks with the IAEA."


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He added, "What is unacceptable is that the IAEA treat us as convicted felons having to prove their innocence. There are elements who accuse us and the IAEA is trying to prove these allegations, similarly to what happened in Iraq."


The Iranian official, who is heading a delegation to the IAEA's 56th General Conference in Vienna, accused the British secret service of sharing information on nuclear scientists with the IAEA.


"We have been tracking the activity of MI6 which has collected information about people killed by Zionist intelligence agents, for the past seven years. Some of the information presented by the IAEA is connected to these events," he said.


Abbasi, who escaped an assassination attempt before being appointed Iran's atomic energy chief, said at the conference earlier this week, that "terrorists" may have infiltrated the IAEA's ranks.


He revealed that power lines to from the city of Qom to the underground Fordo plant were blown up a month ago. Abbasi noted that no damage had been caused to the uranium enrichment facility.




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