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12/21/11

Iran Invites IAEA Inspectors To Visit

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran has invited inspectors from the International Atomic Agency to travel to Tehran, a Western diplomat was quoted as saying.

On Tuesday evening, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported that in a letter sent on December 9, Iran has called on IAEA inspectors to visit Tehran.

In addition, Fereydoon Abbasi, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, wrote a letter to the IAEA on October 30, inviting its representatives to travel to Tehran for talks and negotiations.

Reuters has also reported that Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's representative to the IEAE, has written to Yukiya Amano, the group's chief, saying a delegation of its inspectors can travel to Iran in late January.

The invitation comes after the IAEA released a report indicating that Iran's nuclear program may have a military component.

The release of this report began a wave of fresh sanctions against Iran, the most recent being a boycott of Iran's Central Bank by Britain and the U.S.

Western countries insist they will not tolerate Iran having a military nuclear capacity.

Iran has always maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful and that it has no military ambition in this regard.

IAEA refuses to give comment on Iran's letter

Source: ISNA

The IAEA Spokeswomen Gill Tudor refused to make comment on Iranian letter to the IAEA which has invited the agency's inspectors to visit the counry's nuclear facilities.

"The IAEA does not make comments on receiving Soltanieh's letter and whether we give reply to it or not. The issue will be reported in the next Board of Governors' meeting in March," Gill Tudor told ISNA.

The IAEA Spokeswoman said, "Letters between the agency and its member states are confidential and we do not make comments on these cases before media not only regarding Iran but also regarding other countries."

Iranian envoy to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh told Reuters Tuesday that Iran has sent a letter to the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano Dec. 9 which invited some agency's officials including the Deputy Director General for Safeguards Herman Nackaerts to travel to Iran.

"I have held talks with the IAEA officials and we are planning for the visit," Soltanieh said.

He added the country plans to hold talks on any question and move towards removing ambiguities.

He said the U.N. agency had given a positive response to the invitation.

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