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Nuclear Inspectors in Iran Seek Access to Nuclear Sites

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- A team of United Nations inspectors arrived in Iran to negotiate wider access to the Persian Gulf nation’s nuclear facilities.

The International Atomic Energy Agency delegation led by Herman Nackaerts will hold talks in Tehran today, the state-run Press TV news channel reported. It’s seeking a deal that would include a visit to the Parchin military site, where nuclear work may have been carried out, according to intelligence reports received by the agency.

“We will try to work hard to resolve the differences,” Nackaerts was shown as saying by the state-run news channel before leaving Vienna.

Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that’s under a series of U.S. and European Union sanctions, rejects claims that it is seeking nuclear weapons and insists it must be given access to documents on which allegations about its nuclear program are based.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated yesterday his country’s readiness to allow an inspection of Parchin if Iran’s right to enrich uranium as part of a civilian nuclear program is recognized by world powers.

“There are no mentions for the time of a visit of the Parchin site or another site and we are holding talks with the hope of getting to a rational framework,” Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization told reporters today on the sidelines of a meeting with the presidential cabinet.

“We hope they will approach the issue in a rational way and recognize the rights of the Iranian nation and present evidence for the claims,” Abbasi-Davani said according to the state-run Iranian Students News Agency.

The last meeting between IAEA and Iranian officials was in in Tehran in January.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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