U.S. welcomes Iran agreement to allow inspectors to the new Qom facility

Published September 27th, 2009 - 05:00 GMT

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday welcomed Tehran's move to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials to inspect a newly disclosed uranium enrichment facility. "It is always welcome when Iran makes a decision to comply with the international rules and regulations, and particularly with respect to the IAEA," Clinton said after talks with Gulf Arab foreign ministers.


According to AFP, she was reacting to remarks made by Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's atomic energy chief, who said "we have no problem for inspection within the framework of the agency regulations."


Clinton conveyed she had earlier discussed the issue of the uranium enrichment with her counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. "We are very hopeful that, in preparing for the meeting on October 1, Iran comes and shares with all of us what they are willing to do and give us a timetable on which they are willing to proceed," she added.


Clinton said the disclosure of the second uranium enrichment plant near the city of Qom adds urgency to the talks next week between the global powers and Iran.


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