Iran has refuted claims by a terrorist group that Tehran has a “secret” factory which produces components to make nuclear centrifuges.
A spokesman for the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in Washington claimed on Thursday that a company site west of the capital Tehran produced "aluminum casing, magnets, molecular pumps, composite tubes, centrifuge bases."
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday the factory mentioned by the MKO was not a “new discovery.”
Salehi said the factory located in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, has been visited by reporters.
"We manufacture components there [in the factory], but it is in no way a secret," he said.
“There are plenty of factories in the country that manufacture equipment needed by the Bushehr nuclear power plant and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,” he added.
Western powers claim Iran’s nuclear program has military objectives.
Iran strongly denies the charges, saying its nuclear activities are fully supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has repeatedly confirmed the non-diversion of Tehran’s nuclear program towards military objectives.
The MKO is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
PressTV – Sat Apr 9, 2011