UN nuclear inspectors in Iran to visit uranium mine

January 28, 2014 15:41

UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran on Tuesday to visit a uranium mine, Iranian media reported, as part of IAEA-Iran transparency agreement meant to help allay international concern about the country's nuclear program. 

Wednesday's planned inspection of the Gchine mine in southern Iran will be the first by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at this site since 2005.

Diplomats say the first steps are relatively easy to implement and that it will be more difficult for Iran to agree to other action sought by the IAEA, including access to the Parchin military site where the U.N. agency believes nuclear weapons-relevant explosives tests took place a decade ago.

Iran says it is only refining uranium to fuel a planned network of nuclear power plants. But the same material can also provide the fissile core of an atomic bomb if enriched more.

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