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Iran may quit anti-nuclear arms pact if attacked: Envoy

Published on Nov 30, 2012 11:41 PM

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities may lead to it withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a pact aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear arms, a senior Iranian official said on Friday.

Mr Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also suggested Iran in such a case could kick out IAEA inspectors and install its uranium enrichment centrifuges in "more secure" places.

His comments may strengthen concerns among many Western nuclear experts that military action against Iran aimed at preventing it from developing nuclear weapons may backfire and only drive its entire nuclear programme underground.

There has been persistent speculation that Israel might bomb Iran, which it accuses of seeking a nuclear weapons capability.

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