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UN Officials Arrive At Iran's Nuclear Plant

8 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are today reportedly at a controversial Iranian plant used for converting uranium to oversee the Islamic republic's resumption of nuclear activities.

News agencies are quoting unnamed Iranian officials as saying the inspectors will install surveillance equipment and oversee the removal of seals at the plant in the central city of Isfahan so that Iran can resume work on developing the nuclear-fuel cycle.

On 7 August, outgoing Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi announced that Iran would resume work at the uranium-conversion plant.

His announcement came after Iran rejected an offer by Britain, France, and Germany to supply Iran with fuel for light-water reactors. In return, Iran would have been required to return all the spent fuel, which could be used in atomic weaponry.

The IAEA is due to hold an emergency meeting in Vienna on 9 August to discuss Iran's rejection of the offer.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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