Iran to give U.N. inspectors more access to nuclear sites

Iran will grant U.N. inspectors “managed access” to a uranium mine and a heavy water plant within three months as part of a deal agreed on Monday aimed at improving transparency in the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear program, Reuters reports.

It was signed by U.N. nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano in Tehran after Iran and six world powers failed in broader diplomatic talks in Geneva at the weekend to clinch an agreement to help allay Western fears that Iran may be seeking a nuclear weapons capability. Tehran denies the charge.

Under the accord with the IAEA, Iran will also provide information about planned new research reactors and sites for future nuclear power plants, as well as clarify earlier statements about additional uranium enrichment facilities.

The IAEA and Iran have agreed “to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” a joint statement distributed in Vienna said.

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