Exile group claims Tehran has acquired banned machinery to further nuclear ambitions

1. Wide of news conference 2. Various of news conference 3. SOUNDBITE (English): Dowlat Nowrouzi, National Council of Resistance of Iran: "It's to inform you of a top-secret site in Iran where a part of the vast illegal nuclear weapons activity of the mullahs' regime is being conducted, well away from the eyes of international inspectors." 4. Map showing location of site at Meshkin-Dasht near Karaj, 40km west of Tehran 5. SOUNBITE (English): Dowlat Nowrouzi, National Council of Resistance of Iran: "According to our information, the mullahs' regime has succeeded in obtaining two types of equipment - the Hot Isostatic Press and the Hot Press - to shape enriched uranium as part of the production of the atomic bomb, and both of these machines are banned items. These machines are able to simultaneously use pressure and heat to produce uranium spheres for production of a nuclear bomb." 6. Slide showing photo of site 7. SOUNDBITE (English): Dowlat Nowrouzi, National Council of Resistance of Iran: "These machines constitute the necessary means to make parts of a nuclear bomb, in particular, spheres of enriched uranium. When it comes to the production of uranium spheres, nuclear experts all agree that these spheres have no use other than in the production of a nuclear weapon and a nuclear bomb." 8. Slide announcing news conference 9. Reporters leave news conference STORYLINE: An Iranian exile group claimed Friday that Tehran has acquired banned machinery in order to further its nuclear ambitions. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said the equipment was being kept at a secret site at Meshkin-Dasht 40km west of the capital. The Iranian Embassy in London had no immediate comment on the claims. The machinery, identified as a "hot press" and a "hot isostatic press", was being used to develop enriched uranium in the shape of hemispheric spheres, according to the NCRI's representative in Britain, Dowlat Nowrouzi,. She asserted that spheres of enriched uranium have no other use than in the production of nuclear weapons. Addressing a news conference in London, Nowrouzi added that having acquired the banned machinery, scientists at the site were now trying to copy the technology. She said the NCRI had passed on its findings to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. The NCRI has a mixed record of accuracy on nuclear issues. Three years ago, it disclosed information about two hidden nuclear sites that helped uncover nearly two decades of covert Iranian activity, and sparked present fears that Tehran wants to build a bomb. But most of the claims it has made since then have not been publicly verified. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/1bd785f9ce18b90fa5f40d123c48546f Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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