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Iran may open N-site to NAM visitors

Iran could allow representatives from nonaligned nations to visit a military site that the United Nations nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear experiments.

world Updated: Aug 27, 2012 23:54 IST

Iran could allow representatives from nonaligned nations to visit a military site that the United Nations nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear experiments.

Access for diplomats and others to the Parchin base would be an attempt by Iran to show openness during this week’s Non-Aligned Movement gathering, but it would certainly not satisfy demands of the United Nations.

United Nations nuclear inspectors have been pressing for wider access to Parchin, which is in southeast of Tehran, to probe suspicions that Iran carried out explosive tests with possible nuclear trigger applications.

Monday’s report by the state-owned yjc.ir news website quotes deputy foreign minister Mohammad Mahdi Akhounzadeh as saying Iran may consider opening to the site to delegates from the 120-nation group. The gathering ends Friday.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme. Tehran, however, denies the charge.

When asked about the chance that diplomats from the Non-Aligned Movement would visit the Parchin military base, Akhoundzadeh said: “Such a visit is not customary in such meetings ... however at the request of authorities, the country of Iran would be ready for such a visit.”