UN watchdog: Iran to allow access to 2 suspected nuke sites

AP , Wednesday 26 Aug 2020

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran, Iran August 26, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says Tehran has agreed to allow inspectors in to two sites where Iran is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Iran was ``voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve the issues.''

It said dates for the inspections had been agreed, but did not say when they would take place.

Iran had been resisting providing access to the sites, which are thought to be from the early 2000s, before it signed the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, maintaining the IAEA had no legal basis to visit them.

The announcement came after IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited Iran to push for access and the head of Iran's nuclear agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed that Iran had agreed to the inspections.

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