Kyiv, November 8 (Ukraine General News) – The Ukrainian Security Service, which supervises, among other things, Ukraine’s adherence to regulations on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, will look into reports alleging that Ukrainian researchers could have been involved in the Iranian nuclear program, the service told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.
“Problems of nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the know-how of their manufacture and means of their delivery are under permanent and strict control of the Ukrainian Security Service, which works on this issue in close interaction with the partner special services of the leading countries of the world,” it said.
“At the same time, the Security Service will check information on Ukrainian citizens’ possible participation in the development of the Iranian nuclear program, which has been reported in the media,” it said.
It was reported earlier that a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report could possibly mention a former Soviet scientist who could have helped Iran in developing nuclear weapons.
The Guardian said former Soviet nuclear physicist Viacheslav Danylenko had read lectures to Iranian specialists for several years, which concerned, in particular, a technology of several simultaneous explosions. However, speaking to IAEA experts, Danylenko said he had been confident that Iranians would use his advice exclusively for civilian purposes.
Some media alleged that the nuclear physicist presumably mentioned in the IAEA report is a citizen of Ukraine or at least held Ukrainian citizenship in the 1990s.
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