Report: IAEA inspectors to visit Iran's new nuclear site Saturday

20:42, October 23, 2009      

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Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will come to Iran Saturday to visit Iran's newly-disclosed uranium enrichment plant near Qom, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday.

The inspectors will stay in Iran for two or three days, IRNA said, without reporting further details.

Last month, Iran confirmed that it is building a new nuclear fuel enrichment plant near the central city of Qom. In reaction, the IAEA asked Tehran to provide detailed information and access to the new nuclear facility as soon as possible.

Leaders of the United States, France and Britain have condemned Iran's alleged deception to the international community involving covert activities in the new underground nuclear site.

At a meeting between Iran and top envoys from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in Geneva, Switzerland, on Oct. 1, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili promised that Tehran would soon open the facility near Qom to UN inspectors.

The United States and other Western powers suspect the program is aimed at producing nuclear-weapon material, but Tehran contends that the program has no military component and has steadfastly rejected calls to halt the effort.

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