Russia radioactive seizure 'a lie:' Iran embassy official

16th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The seizure of radioactive material from a Tehran-bound passenger at Moscow airport reported by Russian authorities is "a lie," an official in Iran's embassy in Moscow told the Iranian news agency ISNA on Friday.

"The news of the discovery of a radioactive consignment headed for Iran in Moscow is a lie," the embassy official told ISNA.

Western reports on the seizure were aimed at "sabotaging Russo-Iranian relations and trying to create problems and tensions in relations by fabricating issues," the unnamed official was quoted as saying.

The reported comments were in reaction to an announcement from Russia's customs service that a consignment of the radioactive isotope Sodium-22 used for medical and research purposes was found and confiscated from the passenger on Friday.

The official, when asked about the Sodium-22 at Moscow airport, spoke of an incident he said happened several weeks ago.

"Around a month ago a misunderstanding occurred with a university student who was carrying material used for dentistry. This issue was quickly solved and he was offered an apology for the misunderstanding," the embassy official told ISNA.

© 2011 AFP

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