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Iran: IAEA inspectors arrived in Tehran

On Monday a team of inspectors from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) arrived in Iran for discussions on important as announced its controversial nuclear program.

This displacement is the second in a team of IAEA in less than a month in Iran, reflecting growing concerns over nuclear program in this country.

The IAEA deputy director in charge of the Iranian issue, Herman Nackaerts, said in Vienna before the inspectors left, he hoped progress in the talks, but his prudence suggested that the chances of success were low.

According to Iranian state television, the IAEA inspectors arrived Monday morning for a two-day visit. Public radio said the inspectors hoped to meet Iranian scientists working in the nuclear and visit the Parchin military complex.

This complex, located outside of Tehran, is suspected of harboring secret underground facility used for Iran’s nuclear program, which the authorities deny.

The IAEA inspectors visited the site in 2005, but only partially. At the time, the IAEA had not reported any unusual activity, but the Parchin site was mentioned in the report of the agency last year.

“Whatever the reasoning of the agency, it proves that the IAEA is not true to its previous commitments,” said Iranian radio, in a tone announcing a probable failure of the authorities concerning access to the military complex .

The visit of IAEA inspectors came a day after the announcement by the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, the suspension of its oil exports to France and Britain.

The announcement was made in a statement posted on the ministry website. It comes as the European Union decided in late January to impose an embargo on Iranian oil from next July, to encourage Tehran to resume talks on its controversial nuclear program.

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