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08/24/11

IAEA Inspector Visits Iran Nuclear Sites

Source: ISNA

The IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts has toured Iran's nuclear sites, said Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh.

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

He continued the visit is the result of meetings of the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi Davani and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi with the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Vienna.

He added Iranian nuclear officials and the IAEA visitors discussed ways to deal with some questions raised by the IAEA.

"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 envoy added the "important visit" would be reflected in Amano's next report.

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

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building Arak 40-megawatt heavy water research reactor on the outskirts of the village of Khondab. Heavy water reactors do not need enriched uranium fuel in order to function.

The plant aims at supplying heavy water to be used as coolant and moderator for the research reactor, whose official function is to produce plutonium for medical research and agricultural aims.

Iran allowed the UN inspectors to visit Arak facility in August, 2009.

In February, Iran informed the IAEA that Fordo plant was prepared to host centrifuges, and that it would become operational in the summer.

Iran is under four sets of the UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to suspend civilian uranium enrichment work, while the West claims Iran is seeking nuclear weapon.

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