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Russian Scientist Denies Iranian Nuclear Role, Kommersant Says

A Russian scientist denied helping Iran to develop a nuclear bomb following a U.S. media report about his suspected role, the Kommersant newspaper reported, citing an interview with the expert.

“I’m not a nuclear physicist and I’m not the founder of the Iranian nuclear program,” Vyacheslav Danilenko said, according to Kommersant, declining further comment. The Russian newspaper said Danilenko, 76, had worked from the 1950s at a Soviet nuclear-weapons research center until his retirement.