UN inspectors to conduct more checks on Iran uranium plant

Last Updated: Monday, October 26, 2009 - 15:25

Tehran: UN inspectors are expected to
conduct more checks on Iran`s controversial second uranium
enrichment plant today, the second day of their visit to the
Islamic republic.

The four-member team of inspectors from the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Tehran yesterday and
later headed to the plant being built inside a mountain near
the Shiite holy city of Qom.

Iranian officials have previously said the facility is
created adjacent to a military base south of the capital and
hence is heavily guarded in case of any air strike by
arch-foes US or Israel.

Ali Shirzadian, the spokesman of Iran`s atomic body,
confirmed to agencies that the UN team had inspected the plant
yesterday.

The Mehr news agency meanwhile reported that the UN team
will make several visits to the plant during their three-day
stay in Iran.

The inspectors are checking the plant to verify whether
the facility was designed for peaceful nuclear purposes.

The disclosure by Tehran of its existence on September 21
triggered widespread outrage in the West, which suspects Iran
is enriching uranium with an ultimate goal of using it to make
atomic weapons.

Bureau Report




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