UN inspectors visit Iran site linked to nuclear program

December 8, 2013 13:17

DUBAI - UN inspectors visited an Iranian plant on Sunday linked to a planned heavy-water reactor that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial offer by Tehran to open its disputed nuclear program up to greater scrutiny.

The increased transparency is one of the various spin-offs from an interim deal that Iran struck with six world powers last month to curb its nuclear program in return for some easing of sanctions.

It was the first time in more than two years that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had been allowed to go to the Arak heavy water production plant, which is designed to supply a research reactor under construction nearby.

Iran's heavy water work is of great concern for the West because it could in theory be used in the process of making a nuclear bomb, although Tehran says the program is for peaceful purposes.

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