Soltanieh: IAEA delegation visited Iran nuclear sites

Iranian envoy to UN nuclear watchdog says visit gives proof of Tehran's nuclear transparency, peaceful nature of nuclear program.

August 24, 2011 14:55
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Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr.

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A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited Iran's nuclear sites last week, the ISNA news agency quoted Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh as saying on Wednesday.

"Last week, a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency led by [IAEA Deputy Director General] Herman Nackaerts and his deputies visited Iran's nuclear sites. The visit came following Iran's invitation," Soltanieh told ISNA.

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"They were taken to Bushehr nuclear power plant, Fordo and Natanz enrichment facilities, to Isfahan nuclear installations, including the nuclear fuel rod-making plant, and to Arak heavy water research facility and heavy water production plant," Soltanieh said.

The Iranian nuclear envoy said that the visit followed meetings IAEA chief Yukia Amano had with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoon Abbasi Davani.

"These fundamental steps taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran represent the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities and its transparent nuclear policies," Soltanieh stated.

He added that the visit would be reflected favorably in Amano's next report on the Iranian nuclear program.

The UN nuclear watchdog has voiced growing concern in the past year over suspicions that Iran may be working to develop a nuclear-armed missile and it has repeatedly called on Tehran to increase cooperation to help ease such fears.

Following talks between Iran and the IAEA last month, Amano said in a statement that Iran was not meeting its obligations to address allegations of a possible military dimension in its nuclear program.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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