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IAEA hopes for access to Iran’s Parchin site
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_iaea_vienna.jpgTEHRAN – UN nuclear inspectors are ready to go to Iran’s Parchin military complex if Iran allows it during talks in Tehran, Reuters quoted a senior official as saying on Wednesday. 
 
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold a new round of talks in Tehran on Thursday.
 
“We… hope that Iran will allow us to go to the site of Parchin,” IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Herman Nackaerts told journalists at Vienna airport before departing for Tehran.
 
“If Iran would grant us access we would welcome that chance and we are ready to go,” Nackaerts, head of a seven-member IAEA delegation travelling to Tehran for the talks, said.
 
The IAEA has called on Iran to sign and implement a structured approach document to resolve the outstanding issues and has stated that gaining access to the Parchin military site, which is located southeast of Tehran, is a priority for the UN nuclear watchdog. 
 
The IAEA has claimed that Iran might have been trying to sanitize the Parchin site of any incriminating evidence of explosive tests that would indicate efforts to design nuclear weapons. Iran has dismissed the claim, calling it “baseless”. 
 
Tehran rejected requests by IAEA delegations to inspect the Parchin site during their visits to Iran from January 29 to 31 and February 21 to 22 and has made it clear that access to the site would not be possible before an agreement is reached on the structured approach document.  
 
The last meeting between Iran and the IAEA took place in August but failed to make progress.
 
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