UN watchdog denied access from Iran nuclear plant

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has returned home from Iran without being permitted to see the country’s nuclear power site. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s team of experts were back in […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has returned home from Iran without being permitted to see the country’s nuclear power site.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s team of experts were back in Vienna this morning after failing to agree withofficials on a visit to Iran’s military site at Parchin.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said: “It is disappointing that Iran did not accept our request to visit Parchinduring the first or second meetings. We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached.”

Their visit comes after a striking show from Iran’s president last week when state media broadcast his visit to thenuclear facility. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared to criticise “propaganda” against his country’s nuclearprogramme.

The IAEA also lamented the failure to agree on a document which would clarify “unresolved issues in connection withIran’s nuclear programme, particularly those relating to possible military dimensions” despite “intensive efforts”.

Iran is facing an oil embargo from the EU because of concerns over their nuclear programme.