News ID: 128742
Published: 0642 GMT October 11, 2015

Nuclear chief says was threatened with death

Nuclear chief says was threatened with death


Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that a lawmaker has threatened to bury him alive at the Arak heavy water reactor.

"A dear brother at this very place swore to God and told me that ‘we will pour concrete on you to kill you… at the very heart of the Arak reactor,’" Salehi yelled angrily as he was speaking at the Majlis in defense of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed with the P5+1, ISNA reported.

He did not mention who has uttered the threat but lawmaker Kamaleddin Pirmoazzen told ISNA that ultraconservative MP Rouhollah Hosseinian did so.

"During today's open session [of the parliament], Mr. Hosseinian went to Mr. Salehi and unfortunately said we will kill you and pour concrete on you if the JCPOA is finalized," Pirmoazzen said.

He noted that in fact Hosseinian personally threatened to kill Salehi.


Washington Post's reporter sentenced


A court in Tehran handed down a verdict in the espionage trial of jailed Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, ISNA reported on Sunday, quoting the judiciary spokesman.

The verdict and the sentence are yet to be announced.

Rezaian, The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tehran, was detained in Iran in July 2014.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said, "This person has been sentenced, but I don't know the details of the verdict."

Mohseni Ejei said the ruling may be appealed by Rezaian or his lawyer in the next 20 days.

Rezaian, who has dual Iranian and American citizenship, stood trial in May. Prosecutors accused him of espionage and other offenses, including "collaborating with a hostile government" and "propaganda against the establishment".


UAE arrests nine Iranian teachers


Nine Iranian teachers, who had been sent to work at Iranian schools in the United Arab Emirates, were arrested on October 7 by the UAE police.

Khalilollah Babaloo, head of the Iranian Education Ministry’s Center for International Affairs and Schools Abroad, said the teachers may be released today, Fars News Agency reported on Sunday.

The teachers have been seemingly arrested due to problems in their visas.

However, Babaloo said that the exact reason behind the arrests is unknown.




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