TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has no need to revisit Iran's Parchin military base, as no new development has taken place there since the UN inspectors' last visit, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Saturday.
"The IAEA inspectors have visited Parchin before, and we have addressed their questions, and they have inspected the locations they wanted and took samples ... Therefore, we think there is no need for giving them more access to the site," Tasnim news agency quoted Dehqan as saying on Saturday.
The UN nuclear agency's reports have never shown any suspicious activity at Parchin, the Iranian minister said ahead of an Aug. 25 deadline for Iran to provide a new set of information on its nuclear program to the IAEA.
Although investigation in Parchin has not been included in the agreement between Iran and the IAEA, visits to the military base have been an urgent demand of the UN nuclear watchdog to certify the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.
On Jan. 13, 2005, IAEA inspectors were allowed access to the Parchin military base as a confidence-building measure. Since then the IAEA has requested further inspections of the site, but has been denied access by the Iranian government. Parchin has long been suspected as a nuclear bomb testing site.
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran launched a uranium-conversion plant which will produce enriched uranium dioxide, official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.
A production unit of uranium dioxide has been inaugurated in the UCF complex in central Iran's Isfahan province within the framework of the agreement with the P5+1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, said Ali- Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Full story
TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Recent talks between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog over the country's nuclear program was " constructive," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said here on Wednesday.
"The cooperation between Iran and the agency has been progressive and is advancing forward," Afkham told reporters commenting on the Sunday visit of the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano to Iran. Full story