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Iran Arrests Four Persons and Foils Sabotage Attempt on Nuclear Plants

Skynews.com.au reported news on 6th October, 2013 quoting Ali Akbar Salehi, Chief of Atomic Energy organization as saying "Iran has arrested four people suspected to have attempted sabotage its nuclear plants".

Salehi elaborated "Some time ago we discovered sabotage activities by many people at a nuclear plant."

He added "We allowed them to continue their activities to enable us to gather more evidence and then arrested them at the appropriate time. Their interrogation is still going on."

Salehi did not specify which of Iran's nuclear plants was targeted by the arrested saboteurs.

If correct, then the arrests are latest in a series of Iranian reactions to attempts to sabotage its nuclear program by hostile nations.

AP published news on 6th October, 2013 quoting Salehi as saying "Hostile nations aren't interested to find a route out of this present condition and are striving to obstruct agreement on the nuclear case by sabotaging it".

Three years ago (2010), the dominant Stuxnet virus struck nuclear facilities of Iran and additional industrial sites and Iran's capital (Tehran) has acknowledged that the malware influenced limited figures of centrifuges - a major element in production of nuclear fuel. Iran has confirmed that its scientists discovered and neutralized the malware just in time to avoid any serious damage.

However, Iran has confirmed that the computer worm (referring to Stuxnet) was successful in infecting 30,000 IP addresses in Iran which include the personal computer of the staff of the country's first nuclear power plant Bushehr.

Xinhuanet.com reported news on 7th October, 2013 quoting Salehi as saying "The nuclear establishments of Iran are still the target of cyber attacks but after the Stuxnet virus incident, we have updated our protecting systems and are careful about any possible threats."

Iran had accused the United States and Israel of being behind the cyber attacks.

The allegation proved right because a renowned American daily 'The New York Times' revealed on 1st June, 2012 that Stuxnet was the part of advanced digital attacks code-named "Olympic Games", that America's President 'Barack Obama' had planned against the machines which run Iran's primary nuclear enrichment facilities. It also confirmed that the Stuxnet was developed with the aid of Israeli's secret intelligence unit.

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