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Iran accuses foreign agencies in new sabotage plot

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TEHRAN — A senior Iranian official said Monday that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran’s nuclear facilities involved foreign intelligence agencies that tampered with imported pumps.

Asghar Zarean, in charge of nuclear security for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, was commenting on claims regarding the heavy water nuclear reactor at Arak in the center of the country. Iran first made the charges Saturday.

Tehran has accused the Israel, the United States and their allies of undermining Iran’s nuclear program through covert operations. It says its adversaries regularly engineer sales of faulty equipment and attacks by computer viruses.

Zarean said in comments posted on state TV’s website that the contractor who sold the pumps did not know they were faulty.

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