Iran to allow IAEA inspectors into Marivan site

A high-ranking Iranian nuclear official says the Islamic Republic is prepared for further cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), allowing the UN nuclear agency access to one of its sites west of the country.

On Thursday, Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA, Reza Najafi said his country will on a “voluntarily basis” give the Vienna-based IAEA access to Marivan site, located more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) west of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

An IAEA report in 2011 claimed that it had information indicating that large-scale high-explosive experiments were conducted at the site.

Najafi dismissed the allegations as “baseless and fabricated,” noting that such alleged experiments could easily be traced if the exact site was visited.

The Iranian envoy added that some IAEA member states have given the Agency fabricated information, and forged documents which “are full of mistakes.”

The remarks come as IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano earlier on Thursday called on Tehran to step up cooperation with the agency’s investigation. He demanded that Iran provide access to all relevant information and sites.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany continued their talks in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program before the November 24 deadline.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.

By Press TV


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