Iran says Stuxnet not cause for fuel removal from nuclear power plant

17:08, February 28, 2011      

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A senior Iranian official said that unloading fuel from the core of the Bushehr nuclear reactor has nothing to do with Stuxnet computer worm, the local ISNA news agency reported on Monday.

Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Saturday the fuel placed inside the reactor of the country's first nuclear power plant would be temporarily removed to run a number of tests.

"The measure is in line with final check of the reactor and it was carried out following an agreement between Iranian and Russian experts," Iranian ambassador to Russia, Reza Sajjadi, told ISNA.

"Bushehr nuclear plant is the first one in an Islamic country and that Zionist regime and western states have been united to prevent its operation," said Sajjadi.

He said Russians have been under pressures over past years to leave the project unfinished, according to the report.

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