Egypt denies discovery by IAEA of enriched uranium at nuclear facility

Egypt on Sunday denied that the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had discovered traces of enriched uranium at an Egyptian nuclear facility.

Egypt's Atomic Energy Authority noted that protocols signed between Egypt and the IAEA did not allow the latter to inspect Egyptian nuclear facilities as is the case with other countries, such as Iran.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the authority noted that the inspection of Egypt's nuclear facilities by the IAEA was a "routine" practice.

The discovery of scattered uranium particles at Egypt's Anshas reactor was of little concern, it added, pointing out that the IAEA was aware that such particles were completely useless.

The AEA went on to say the allegations were part of a campaign aimed at derailing Egypt's nascent nuclear program, which is currently being carried out "with full transparency."

The Associated Press on Saturday reported that Egypt was concerned about the possibility of being classified alongside countries such as Iran and Syria, in which the IAEA has claimed to have found traces of enriched uranium.

Translated from the Arabic Edition. 

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