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Iran Lawmakers To Discuss Inspection Obligations

27 September 2005 -- Iran's parliament will hold a closed-door session today to discuss whether to block unlimited inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Lawmakers will consider a bill that would drop Tehran's obligation to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to conduct unannounced inspections of its nuclear sites.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said today the bill would also give Tehran license to resume uranium enrichment, which the West fears could be a step toward making nuclear weapons.

The parliamentary discussion is a response to an IAEA resolution passed on Saturday. The resolution threatens to bring Iran before the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions for failing to persuade the world its atomic activities are entirely peaceful.

Iran said today it will reconsider economic ties with countries that voted in favor of the IAEA resolution.

(Reuters/AFP/dpa)

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