Iran accused Germany’s Siemens on Saturday of implanting tiny explosives inside equipment the Islamic Republic purchased for its disputed nuclear program, a charge the technology giant denied.
Prominent lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Iranian security experts discovered the explosives and removed them before detonation, adding that authorities believe the booby-trapped equipment was sold to derail uranium enrichment efforts.
“The equipment was supposed to explode after being put to work, in order to dismantle all our systems,” he said. “But the wisdom of our experts thwarted the enemy conspiracy.”
Siemens denied the charge and said its nuclear division has had no business with Iran since the 1979 revolution that led to its current clerical state.
Iran has accused German industrial giant Siemens of placing small explosives in equipment that forms the backbone of the country’s nuclear program.
“The equipment was supposed to explode after being put to work, in order to dismantle all our systems,” declared Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the security committee in Iran’s parliament “But the wisdom of our experts thwarted the enemy conspiracy.”
He said the measures were intended to slow down the country’s burgeoning nuclear program.
Siemens issued a flat denial.
“We have no business dealings related to the Iranian nuclear program,” said company spokesman Alexander Machowetz, noting that the company has not worked with Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.