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Iran says it will allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy
Agency into its newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant.
nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Saturday on Iranian state
television the timing of the visit will be worked out with the IAEA.
Earlier, a top aide to Iran's Supreme Leader said the Iranian nuclear facility should be operational soon.
chief of staff to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran's Fars News Agency
that "God Willing, the new plant will be operational soon and make the
On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama and other
Western leaders accused Iran of building a secret nuclear plant and
insisted the IAEA have immediate access to ensure it is not being built
to produce nuclear weapons.
Iran denied the facility has been a secret.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran complied with IAEA rules by
informing the agency early enough that the facility near the holy
Shi'ite city of Qum was under construction.
Saturday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the newly disclosed
atomic facility was proof Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. He said he
hopes world powers will give an "unequivocal" response when
representatives from Germany, the U.S., Britain, France, China and
Russia meet with Iranian officials in Geneva on October 1.
has described Iran's nuclear program as a threat to the Jewish state
and has not ruled out any options in preventing Iran from acquiring
The United States and its allies accuse Iran of
working to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran says its atomic program is
for peaceful purposes, to generate electric power.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.