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Zimbabwe Denies Uranium Deal With Tehran

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (right) with former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo)
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