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IAEA backs Iran on nuclear blast

2013-01-29 22:33

Vienna - The UN atomic watchdog backed up on Tuesday Iran's denial of media reports of an explosion at one of the Islamic state's most sensitive nuclear plants.

The reports had said there had been an explosion early last week at the underground Fordow uranium enrichment facility near the holy Iranian city of Qom. Iran denied the reports on Monday.

"We understand that Iran has denied that there has been an incident at Fordow.

"This is consistent with our observations," Gill Tudor, spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in an e-mailed statement.

IAEA inspectors regularly visit Iranian nuclear sites, including the one at Fordow.