Iran Blames Western Countries for Stuxnet

Kara Reeder

Iran is pinning blame for the Stuxnet worm on Western countries.


Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, is pointing the finger at unnamed Western countries for creating and distributing the worm. Computerworld quotes Mehmanparast as saying:

It is hard for the Western states to tolerate the progress of Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Reacting to reports that Stuxnet had caused delays at the Bushehr nuclear reactor, Mehmanparast says:

Western states are trying to stop Iran's (nuclear) activities by embarking on psychological warfare and aggrandizing, but Iran would by no means give up its rights by such measures ... Nothing would cause a delay in Iran's nuclear activities.

Iran has admitted that the Stuxnet worm has infected at least 30,000 Windows PCs in the country. Over the weekend, Iranian intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi reported that the country has arrested an unspecified number of "nuclear spies" in connection with the Stuxnet worm.

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