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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Iran accuses US in disappearance of nuclear physicist

On Tuesday night, I reported that Iranian nuclear physicist Shahram Amiri has 'disappeared' while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. The Times of London reports that Iran is accusing the United States of involvement in Amiri's disappearance.
Mr Mottaki lodged a complaint with the UN Secretary-General last month about four missing Iranians he claimed were in US custody. Mr Amiri and Mr Asghari were among them.

Speculation surrounding Mr Amiri’s disappearance, however, has heightened since the public disclosure last month of Iran’s secret uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom, with questions being asked about the nature of his work.

Mr Amiri worked as a nuclear physics researcher at Malek-e-Ashtar University, a research institute closely associated with the Iranian military. His family have said he researched medical uses of nuclear technology, a project that links him to the research reactor for which Tehran is seeking a foreign supply of highly enriched uranium.

The Iranian Student News Agency yesterday reported “rumours” that Mr Amiri was an employee of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation while Jahan News, a conservative Iranian news website, reported Saudi officials as claiming that he had sought political asylum there.


At 10:51 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its rich to hear a country complicit in terrorist activities accuse the US of "kidnapping." I guess for the Iranians, it literally hits too close to home. Ouch!


At 11:14 PM, Blogger Broomer said...

This is probably one of the best and least bloodiest method to shut down Iran's nuclear industry - start offering physicists asylum.

Could be easier to do it now since there's uprising still going on.

I'm sure the Israelis have a few messhuguh ideas under their sleeves.


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