Iran’s UN representative has denied recent allegations that Iran is involved in cyberattacks on U.S. financial institutions.

Iranian media reported on Friday January 11 that Iran’s permanent UN representative has issued two separate responses to The New York Times and CNN to deny their recent reports about Iran’s involvement in cyberattacks on U.S. banks. He stressed that such allegations are really attempts at “poisoning” the atmosphere in the lead-up to the nuclear talks.

Iran and the world powers are supposed to resume nuclear discussions this month.

An article published in The New York Times on January 9 claimed U.S. officials say: “Iran is behind a wave of attacks on U.S. banks.”

The New York Times reported that since September 22, American banks have been experiencing online attacks, creating system slowdown and temporary shutdowns.

The New York Times confirms that there is “no hard evidence that the attacks were sanctioned by the Iranian government”; however, American officials had focused their suspicions on Iran’s “cybercorps”, which, according to the article “Iran’s military created in 2011 — partly in response to American and Israeli cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz.”

Iran’s UN representative accuses the U.S. of involvement in “sabotage attacks against Iran” and emphasizes that unlike the United States, Iran has always respected international rights and never carried out such attacks against financial institutions of other countries.