IAEA dismisses reports of explosion at Fordow nuclear facility

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has dismissed Israeli and Western media reports claiming there had been an explosion at the Fordow uranium enrichment facility and stated that it had seen no sign of such an event at the Iranian nuclear site, Press TV reported.

On Tuesday, IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor told The Associated Press that Iran's denial of "an incident" at the Fordo plant is "consistent with our observations."

On Monday, Iran categorically rejected the reports about an explosion at the Fordow nuclear facility.

MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who is the chairman of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, described the news stories as Western propaganda designed to influence the upcoming round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany).

The Fordow nuclear facility, which is the second uranium enrichment plant that Iran established, is located in Qom province, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tehran.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

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