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Iran denies construction of new nuclear plant in Isfahan

(Xinhua)

09:11, December 16, 2011

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) rejected Thursday an Iranian lawmaker's remarks that the organization will build a new nuclear plant in the central province of Isfahan, the local satellite Press TV reported.

"Reports published by some news agencies on the construction of a new nuclear plant in the country are not true and are, hereby, denied," an AEOI statement was quoted as saying.

Earlier on Thursday, the local Fars news agency quoted Iranian lawmaker Avaz Heidarpour as saying that the country plans to build a new nuclear facility in the central province of Isfahan for civil purposes.

"It will be located in Isfahan province, and will be launched in three years," Heidarpour was quoted as saying.

Recently, comments on Iran's diplomatic issues made by a number of Iranian hardliner lawmakers have later been dismissed by the government.

On Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast denied the earlier remarks of Iranian lawmaker, Parviz Sorouri, that Iran would hold a war game in the Strait of Hormuz in the near future for closing it.

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