Iran Disconnects Reactor Site From Power Grid

A technical glitch has forced Iran's atomic energy facility to be cut off from the nation's power supply, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Fereidoun Abbasi said the trouble with the facility generator was expected to be resolved within a matter of days, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Tehran denies claims by the United States and other nations that its ostensibly peaceful nuclear activities are aimed at producing a weapons capability.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday blacklisted a Greek entrepreneur for abetting an effort to enable Iran to skirt oil export restrictions, Reuters reported.

"Through several of his front companies, [Dimitris] Cambis used Iranian funds to purchase oil tankers and disguised the Iranian origin of oil transported on these vessels," according to a Treasury press release.

The United States and European Union have sought to restrict Iran's oil revenue as a means of forcing leaders in Tehran to curb uranium enrichment and other sensitive activities. A full EU embargo on Iranian oil was enacted last year.

March 14, 2013
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A technical glitch has forced Iran's atomic energy facility to be cut off from the nation's power supply, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

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