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Iran invites global organizations to its nuclear facilities

RIA Novosti

17/01/2007 15:29 TEHRAN, January 17 (RIA Novosti) - Iranian authorities have invited representatives of international organizations, which suspect the nation of pursuing a clandestine weapons program, to visit its nuclear facilities February 2-5, the ISNA news agency said Wednesday.

"Such visits to nuclear facilities will help Iran establish trust and demonstrate the peaceful goals of the Iranian nuclear program," Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the local ISNA news agency.

He said the country has invited the envoys of three nations of the Non-Aligned Movement (Cuba, Malaysia and Egypt), the head of the Group of 77, a loose alliance of developing nations, representatives of the IAEA Board of Governors, and the permanent representative of the League of Arab States at international organizations in Vienna.

Iran broke the UN moratorium on nuclear research last January, arousing concerns in the West that the Islamic Republic might be after bomb grade materials. The Iran Six, which includes five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, have demanded that Iran end its uranium enrichment activities.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1737 on Iran December 23, which imposed sanctions on the country's nuclear weapons programs but allowed officials to make foreign trips and companies to do business abroad. The sanctions banned activities involving uranium enrichment, chemical reprocessing, heavy water-based projects, and production of means for nuclear weapons delivery.

Tehran responded to the resolution by saying it would review its cooperation with the IAEA. The IAEA is expected to file a report on Iran's nuclear program February 23.

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