Report: Nuclear Inspectors To Visit Iranian Sites

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

International nuclear inspectors will visit two sites in Iran in the coming days, the country’s official news agency reported Sunday, as an official said that would fulfill a series of demands made by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

The demands by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which Iran was required to meet by May 15, include releasing information about its efforts to develop a type of explosive detonator that can be used in nuclear weapons.

A report by Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of Iran’s atomic department, as saying the inspectors will visit a uranium mine and a uranium-thickening facility in the central Iranian towns of Ardakan and Yazd on Monday and Tuesday.

“Following the visit, Iran will be able to say that the seven-agreed measures between Iran and the agency have fulfilled,” Kamalvandi said. “Already six steps have been taken.”

His comments refer to an agreement between the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran in February.

The other demands included access to nuclear sites and more information about its enrichment process.

The inspectors’ visit comes as expert-level talks will begin on Monday in NY between Iran and representatives from world powers that struck an initial nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic in November.

Under that deal, Tehran stopped enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — which is a possible pathway to nuclear arms — in exchange for the easing of some Western sanctions. It also agreed to dilute half of its 20 percent enriched uranium into 5 percent and turn the remaining half into oxide, which is very difficult to be used for bomb-making materials.

Now, negotiators from Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. will attempt to make a final deal before a July 20 deadline.