Iranian delegation headed to Vienna to discuss military site inspection
TEHRAN (AFP) Jan 06, 2005
An Iranian delegation is to meet with UN atomic agency officials in Vienna on Friday to discuss the modalities of a inspection visit to a military site that the US charges is involved in nuclear weapons work, IRNA reported Thursday.
The report said the inspection of the Parchin could take place "within a few days" of the discussions.
On Wednesday International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Mohamed ElBaradei announced that the Islamic republic had finally given the green light for his inspectors to probe Parchin, a huge complex 30 kilometresmiles) southeast of Tehran.
The United States, which accuses Iran of having a secret weapons programme, has said the Iranians may be working on testing "high-explosive shaped charges with an inert core of depleted uranium" at Parchin as a sort of dry test for how a bomb with fissile material would work.
The IAEA has been seeking access to Parchin since July. Tehran has strongly denied carrying out any nuclear-related work at the site, and insists its nuclear drive is merely aimed at generating electricity.
Parchin is an example of a so-called "transparency visit," where the IAEA is going beyond its mandate under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treatyto check to see if nuclear materials have been diverted away from peaceful use.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.