Iran blasts ‘lies’ about seizure of radioactive material from Tehran-bound passenger at Moscow airport

TEHRAN — The reported seizure of a consignment of radioactive material from a Tehran-bound passenger at a Moscow airport is “a lie,” an official at Iran’s embassy in Russia has claimed.

Customs were alerted by a warning system at Sheremetyevo airport ahead of the Moscow to Tehran flight that radiation in the departures hall was 20 times above normal.

A passenger’s bag was then searched where Russian customs officials claimed they found eighteen metallic objects containing radioactive isotope Sodium-22.

But an Iranian embassy official in Moscow told news agency ISNA that 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 news of the discovery of a radioactive consignment headed for Iran in Moscow is a lie,” the unnamed official said.


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