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Dismissing ‘furore’, Iran says it will fix inspection date

Video by Shirli SITBON

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-26

While denouncing the “propaganda and media furore” following Friday’s revelation of a new nuclear plant, Iran’s representative to the UN nuclear watchdog agency said Iran was working to fix a date for inspections of the controversial site.

AFP - Iran's nuclear chief said on Saturday Tehran will fix a date for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit its newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant.
   
"As the president said, we have no problem for inspection within the framework of the agency regulations," Ali Akbar Salehi said on state television.
   
"We will pursue this case with the agency and the date of the visit will be announced after we reach an agreement with the IAEA."
   
Salehi said the new plant is located on the road between Tehran and the holy city of Qom.
   
"It is 100 kilometres (60 miles) far from Tehran and more details will be given about the site later to the Iranian people," he added.
   
Salehi also denounced the outcry by Western leaders over the disclosure of the new plant.
   
"Westerners want to use this case to put more pressure on Iran, but hopefully this plot will fail." he said.
   
"We are not asking for permission from anybody for our nuclear activities. We will never give up our absolute rights that are within the framework of our international engagements."
   
Salehi said that Iran was not "obliged" to reveal the building of the new enrichment plant.
   
"We have to announce it 180 days before putting radioactive materials inside it. But we made this announcement one year before this date and despite that we are witnessing such propaganda and media furore," he added.

Date created : 2009-09-26

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