DUBAI - Iran expressed hope on Monday that a planned meeting with the UN nuclear watchdog next month would lead to a "framework of cooperation" on a possible visit by inspectors to the Parchin military site.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes Tehran may have conducted explosives tests that could help develop nuclear weapons at Parchin and may be cleaning up the site to remove evidence. Iran has denied this, saying Parchin is a conventional military complex.
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has pressed Iran to grant his inspectors immediate access to Parchin.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed optimism over talks due to be held on December 13 between Iran and the IAEA in Tehran.