IAEA Access Is Contingent on Agreed Framework, Soltanieh Says

Iran will permit International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to visit its Parchin military complex only after both sides agree about what would be covered during the assessment, Iran’s IAEA ambassador said.

Iran and the IAEA will have to reach an agreement on a “required framework and actions” before the visit is allowed, Ali Asghar Soltanieh told state-run Al Alam television today.

“Gaining access to military bases requires a predetermined framework as visiting these bases is a very dangerous issue,” Soltanieh said, according to the report published on the Iranian news station’s website. “Iran’s talks with the IAEA are still in progress, but we haven’t reached an agreement yet about the framework of their visit to this site.”

IAEA officials were denied access to the Parchin base last month, raising concern the country is working on the development of a nuclear weapon.

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