Iran will allow UN inspectors to tour its new uranium enrichment facility later in the month, according to the UN’s nuclear watchdog.
The Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei, announced the news after holding talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which he characterised as “successful”. He revealed that Iran will allow UN inspectors into the facility on October the 25th. ElBaradei said the inspection is necessary to ensure the plant “is for peaceful purposes.” And he said he believed the nuclear dispute could be solved through diplomacy. “I see that we are shifting gears from confrontation into transparency and cooperation,” Mohamed El Baradei said. “It would be of great help to us to have Iran reapply the additional protocol that would give us the authority for more information and access to more locations and that would enable the agency to start to provide assurances not about the declared nuclear activities in Iran but also about possible nuclear undeclared activities in Iran.” The recent revelation of Iran’s previously unknown nuclear facility, buried deep inside a mountain near Qom, sparked new fears about the purpose of its nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies are concerned it is seeking to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists it is making electricity.