Iran dismisses claims of cyber attack on Bushehr plant

TEHRAN, Sept. 28 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has rejected claims that the Bushehr power plant has come under cyber attacks.

“This is also a new game and soft warfare (against Iran),” Mehmanparast said during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday.

He said the Busher plant will be connected to the main electricity supply of the country within one to two months.

Iranian information technology officials have confirmed that some of the country’s industrial systems have been targeted by a cyber attack, but they said engineers are capable of countering the problem.

According to the Associated Press, a complex computer worm dubbed Stuxnet has infected many industrial sites in Iran and is capable of taking over power plants.

German cyber expert Ralph Lanner wrote in a blog post last week that Iran’s Busher Nuclear power plant may have been the target of the Stuxnet malware virus.

Official advises Russia not to play ball with U.S.

President Dmitry Medvedev on September 22 signed a decree that bans deliveries of S-300 missile systems to Iran. The United States and Israel have welcomed the move by Russia.

Mehmanparast said the missile contract was signed between Iran and Russia in 2005 and that the two sides should abide by the deal.

The Foreign Ministry official advised Russia not to play ball with the U.S. because Moscow’s long term interests would not be served.

The Russian side has claimed the decision falls within the UN Resolution 1929 sanctions resolution against Iran.

Mehmanparast said if such decree was issued based on the 1929 Resolution, the resolution itself is illegal. He added the UN resolution does not include defensive weapons.

Nuclear talks

Asked about Iran’s talks with the West, Mehmanparast said the talks with the West are being pursued with three different groups in three different ways.

On the issue of fuel swap, he said Iran has voiced its readiness to hold talks with the Vienna group (the U.S., France and Russia) on fuel exchange and the two sides are negotiating on the time and place of the talks.

The second issue is talks between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s national security chief Saeed Jalili, he said, adding Jalili is pursuing the case to determine the time and place of the talks.

And the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) is the third issue and Iran and is making efforts that its right to nuclear technology is officially respected by the West, he stated.


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