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06KINSHASA1390
2006-09-05 08:06:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Kinshasa
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IRANIAN EMBASSY RESPONDS TO SUNDAY TIMES ARTICLE

Tags:   ENRG  EMIN  KGIT  ETRD  PREL  PGOV  IAEA  CG  IR 
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						UNCLAS KINSHASA 001390 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG EMIN KGIT ETRD PREL PGOV IAEA CG IR
SUBJECT: IRANIAN EMBASSY RESPONDS TO SUNDAY TIMES ARTICLE

REF: KINSHASA 1309

UNCLAS KINSHASA 001390

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG EMIN KGIT ETRD PREL PGOV IAEA CG IR
SUBJECT: IRANIAN EMBASSY RESPONDS TO SUNDAY TIMES ARTICLE

REF: KINSHASA 1309


1. (U) On August 28, the Congolese newspaper Le Potentiel
printed the Iranian Embassy's denial of the August 6 Sunday
Times article (reftel), which alleged a DRC-Iran uranium
smuggling link. The Times reported that in October 2005
Tanzanian authorities stopped a shipment of Uranium 238 ore
from the DRC's Katanga province that was destined for Iran.


2. (U) In publicly denouncing the allegations via a press
release, the Iranian Embassy in Kinshasa stated that it
"considers the publication of these allegations by the
Western media to constitute psychological pressure with the
goal of sullying the peaceful, non-military, nuclear
activities of Iran in the region. Thus, in recognizing its
right to enrich uranium for peaceful, non-military ends, the
Islamic Republic of Iran submits that the best solution
dwells only in the pursuit of dialog and negotiation, without
pressure or threat."


3. (U) The Iranian press statement also referenced the
uranium smuggling denials by the GOI's Supreme Council of
National Security on August 6 and the denouncements by the
GDRC on August 9 and the Governor of Katanga on August 16.


4. (U) An Agence France Presse article also reported an
official Iranian response to the allegations, citing the
GOI's statement that it does not need to import uranium
because it has its own mines and processing facility.
MEECE