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Siemens sold sabotaged gear for nuclear sector: Iran MP

Published on Sep 23, 2012 4:40 PM
People walk down stairs in front of a building of Siemens Schweiz AG Building Technologies Group, a Swiss unit of German Siemens AG in the central Swiss town of Zug on Sept 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TEHERAN (AFP) - A prominent MP, Mr ladin Borujerdi, has accused German firm Siemens of having sold Iran equipment for its nuclear activities laced with mini-explosives, which were removed, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Mr Borujerdi, who chairs the parliamentary national security and foreign policy commission, made the allegation in an interview with parliament's Icana news website (www.icana.ir/NewsPage.aspx?NewsID=206727).

"Intelligence-security apparatus succeeded in discovering explosives in equipment which were provided to us for our nuclear activities. The explosives were to blow up when activated to disrupt the whole system. Domestic experts nullified the plot of the enemy, however," he was quoted as saying by Icana.

"The company Siemens, which provided this equipment, must answer for its action," he said. Iran's Press TV carried the story on its website, but no other state media reported on the claim. There was no immediate response from Siemens for comment on Mr Borujerdi's charge on Sunday.

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