Iran to Show Atomic Sites at Tehran Non-Aligned Summit

Iran will allow officials from the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement to visit nuclear facilities during a summit in Tehran this month, the Foreign Ministry said.

The visits will be arranged according to the interests of “our guests,” Ramin Mehmanparast, a ministry spokesman, said at a press conference in Tehran today. Iran will also schedule trips to industrial and scientific sites, he said.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said on Aug. 23 that he will attend the gathering in Iran’s capital from Aug. 26-31 that will also include Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem will also attend meetings during the summit, Mehmanparast said.

Iran is under UN and international sanctions for its nuclear program. Countries including the U.S. and Israel say it is seeking to develop atomic weapons and the effort must be halted. Iran says the program is for civilian purposes.

Talks during the summit will focus on Middle East issues and developments in Africa and South America, Mehmanparast said. “On the sidelines of the meeting, there is an opportunity to negotiate about Syria’s crisis and talk over the plan that Iran suggests for the issue,” he said.

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