THE BUSHEHR nuclear plant in southern Iran 311.
(photo credit: AP)
TEHERAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday confirmed it has invited
representatives of world powers and its allies among the Arab and
developing world to tour its nuclear sites.He said the invitation to visit is an indication of his country's "good will" regarding its nuclear program.
Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the invitation went
to "the EU, the non-aligned movement and representatives from 5+1
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The "5+1" countries are the six world powers engaged in negotiations
with Iran over its nuclear program — the United States, Britain, France,
Russia , China and Germany.
Mehmanparast said the tour is to take place before Iran meets with the six in Turkey in late January.
Department spokesman Philip Crowley on Monday said Iran's invitation is "a
clever ploy, but it's not a substitute for Iran's responsibilities to
the IAEA," The New York Times reported.
“It won’t draw international attention away from the issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” Crowley stated.He added that Iran's nuclear enrichment activities violated six United Nations Security Council resolutions.
on Tuesday confirmed it had received the invitation to tour Iran's
nuclear sites but did not immediately say if it would send anyone.
diplomats who were invited said they were unlikely to accept the
invitation, if at all, until after the next round of talks on Iran's
While no reason was given for the timing
of the offer, it comes just weeks before Iran and the six powers follow
up on recent talks that ended with agreement on little else but to meet
The offer of a visit comes more than three years after six
diplomats from developing nations accredited to the IAEA visited Iran's
uranium ore conversion site at Isfahan, which turns raw uranium into
the feedstock gas that is then enriched. Participants then told
reporters they could not make an assessment of Iran's nuclear aims based
on that visit to that facility in central Iran.
But the new offer appeared more wide ranging, both as far as nations or groups invited and sites to be visited.
Dec. 27, the four paragraph letter obtained Monday by the AP offered no
details beyond offering an all-expenses paid "visit to Iran's nuclear