China denies rumoured nuclear break-in

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 2, 2015

A Chinese spokesperson has denied the country’s involvement in the breaking in and stealing of information relating to a new type of nuclear generator at the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre near Johannesburg in 2007.

Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Independent, the embassy’s Pretoria based spokesperson, Pan Peng, said that the information contained in the leaked Al Jazeera spy cables published on February 27th, was nothing but a fabrication before labelling them as “ridiculous”.

According to an extract from the documents dated December 2009, State Security Agency agents had suspected China of being behind the attack after two groups of men reportedly cut the wires around the base, disabled alarms and wounded a believed security guard, before making off with the plans to the generator which had been part of a new technologies development program called Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR).

South Africa subsequently ended the program three years after the attack, citing a lack of investor interest while China went on to develop a generator of its own despite years behind when the incident happened.

 

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