Officials in Zimbabwe have denied British media reports that the African nation has signed a secret uranium deal with Iran.
A statement by Zimbabwe's mining ministry dismissed as a "malicious and blatant lie" a report by "The Times" newspaper in which the country's deputy mining minister, Gift Chimanikire, admits to have seen a deal on supplying uranium to Iran.
Former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visited the Zimbabwean capital Harare in 2010 and received support from longtime ruler Robert Mugabe for Tehran's right to a nuclear program.
The West says Iran is seeking to enrich uranium supplies in order to build a nuclear weapons arsenal.
Tehran says its program is for peaceful purposes only.
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa