IAEA chief in Iran for talks on new facility

Published October 3rd, 2009 - 07:05 GMT

The United Nations atomic watchdog chief arrived in Tehran on Saturday to discuss a visit by UN inspectors to Iran's new uranium enrichment facility near the  city of Qom, local media said. Mohamed ElBaradei's visit comes after Washington and its allies demanded progress in revived talks on Iran's controversial nuclear plans.


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief is set to meet Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, and other officials on Sunday, news agencies said. The main goal of his visit is to discuss with Iranian officials "how UN inspectors can visit the Qom plant, other nuclear facilities and to discuss more cooperation," the ILNA news agency said.


Fars news agency quoted Ali Shirzadian, spokesman for Iran's atomic body, as saying that ElBaradei will also discuss how fuel can be provided for Tehran's research reactor. According to Shirzadian, ElBaradei's visit was planned prior to talks in Geneva last Thursday between six world powers and Tehran and has "no connection" with the high-profile negotiations.


Iran's English-language Press TV said ElBaradei would himself not visit the Qom facility during his trip.


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