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Iran Reiterates Openness to Parchin Visit If Rights Recognized

February 12, 2013

Iran reiterated its readiness to allow nuclear inspectors to visit the Parchin military site if the Persian Gulf nation’s right to enrich uranium is acknowledged by world powers.

“We are prepared to come to a comprehensive agreement” with the International Atomic Energy Agency in which Iran’s rights as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty would be “fully endorsed and recognized,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters today.

The deal “would include the removal of concerns, and the visit of the Parchin military site could be one of these agreements,” Mehmanparast said in Tehran today.

Mehmanparast’s comments, broadcast on state television, come before a visit tomorrow by an IAEA team seeking broader access to suspected nuclear facilities. The two sides met in Tehran in January, when Iranian officials didn’t allow the UN atomic watchdog to visit Parchin.

The IAEA says it has received intelligence that Iran carried out nuclear work at Parchin. Iranian officials say the evidence given to the agency by unidentified countries isn’t genuine, and point out that they haven’t been given access to the documents.

The U.S. and its allies say Iran may seek to make a nuclear bomb, while Iran says its program is solely civilian and needed to secure energy. IAEA officials routinely inspect Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, including enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordo, though treaty arrangements don’t compel the country to open up peripheral facilities.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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