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[ISN] DM Reiterates Immunity of Bushehr N. Power Plant

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Date: Mon Feb 07 2011 - 09:06:18 GMT
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http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8911170676

Fars News Agency
07 Feb 2011

TEHRAN (FNA) - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
stressed that Iran's first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city
of Bushehr enjoys sufficient and appropriate level of security and
immunity to hazards.
        
"The Bushehr power plant's premises and facilities have a good level of
security," Vahidi told reporters on Saturday.

The Iranian minister went on to say that some countries did not want
nuclear fuel to be injected into the Bushehr reactor, warning that any
action taken against the power plant would have negative consequences
for them.

Earlier, Western media had reported that Iran temporarily halted most of
its uranium enrichment work in December and western diplomats said they
believed the halt was linked to technical problems caused by Stuxnet
worm.

Meantime, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali
Akbar Salehi revealed at the time that some western countries started
attempts to disrupt activities and operations at Iran's nuclear sites
and plants via Stuxnet a year ago.

"Since a year ago, the westerners have tried to infiltrate our country's
nuclear sites to open a way for their worm (Stuxnet worm) to disrupt
their activities, but the country's young experts stopped the virus
exactly at those points that enemies intended to infiltrate," Salehi
stated.

The Stuxnet worm is the first known malicious software of its kind
unleashed by computer hackers and has opened the door to a new era of
cyber-warfare.

Experts say it is designed to destroy or sabotage factories, power
plants, refineries or other industrial installations.

Media reports said the Bushehr power plant was at the center of the
cyber attack.

Iranian officials, however, have said that the Stuxnet was detected
early by Iranian experts and thus caused no damage to the country's
industrial sites.

In January, Spokesman of the AEOI Hamid Khadem Qaemi underlined that
certain western countries' attempts to disrupt activities and operations
at Iran's nuclear sites and plants via a malicious software failed to
impede the country's progress and advancement.

"The Stuxnet virus has left no negative impact on the progress of
Bushehr atomic power plant's activities," Khadem Qaemi told reporters.

On Tuesday, Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), said that he believed Russia and Iran were paying
"enough attention" to prevent any accident, but expressed concern about
cyber attacks on nuclear facilities.

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