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IAEA official denies NYT report on Iranian sites

Vienna, Dec 3, IRNA -- International Atomic Energy Agency's pokesperson Melissa Fleming denied in Vienna Friday an American newspaper report concerning IAEA request for inspecting 'Lavisan II'.

New York Times claimed on Thursday that IAEA inspectors wanted access to two alleged secret military sites of "Parchin", southeast of Tehran, and "Lavisan II", northeast of the capital.

In the report, NYT also wrote that according to the agreement between Iran and IAEA, the agency could only inspect non-military nuclear sites and not military bases.

The paper added IAEA inspectors do not have permission to enter military compounds.

Speaking to IRNA, Fleming said the agency or the director general in their report or negotiations never talked about Lavisan II and never asked for inspection of that site.

Fleming added NYT report does not contain any new point and said the director general in his latest report to the IAEA Governing Council officially requested to inspect Parchin site.

Concerning NYT claim that there have been experiments with explosives in the two aforementioned sites, Fleming said, "We have no comment or explanation".

The New York Times reported Thursday that IAEA chief Mohamed Al Baradei had asked Tehran repeatedly and unsuccessfully for access to Parchin and Lavisan II.

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