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IAEA inspectors visit uranium mine in Iran
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TEHRAN – International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors visited the Saghand uranium mine in Yazd Province on Tuesday.

A team of IAEA inspectors led by Massimo Aparo arrived in Tehran on Sunday to visit two Iranian nuclear sites as part of a framework agreement on further cooperation that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed in Tehran last November.   

During a meeting in Tehran on Monday, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on the conclusion of a Safeguards Approach for the Arak heavy water reactor.  

The IAEA inspectors are also scheduled to visit the Ardakan concentration plant on Wednesday.

The agency’s inspectors had previously visited the Arak heavy water site in Markazi Province and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran as part of the framework accord.

According to Iranian officials, Iran has no commitments based on the safeguards agreement to allow such inspections, but it agreed to do so to show the country’s will to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program.
 
The Iran-IAEA discussions are separate from, but closely linked to, negotiations between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.   

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