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Iran: Military Site Opened to UN Nuclear Inspectors


Iran says it has allowed U.N. nuclear inspectors to visit a high-security military site to counter U.S. accusations it is secretly developing nuclear weapons.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters Sunday that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors were recently given access to the Parchin military complex, 30 kilometers southeast of Tehran. The inspectors arrived in Iran on October 28 for a weeklong visit.

The inspection followed repeated IAEA efforts to return to Parchin to again check for radioactivity in buildings and other areas within the sprawling military complex. A previous inspection was conducted last January.

Meanwhile, Iranian officials said Tehran was in talks with Russia about joint production of nuclear fuel in Iran. The officials said allowing foreign partners would help assure the international community of the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.