Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Iran denies plans to show nuclear sites to diplomats

Iran said on Tuesday it has no plans to show its nuclear sites to diplomats visiting Tehran for this week's Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, contradicting an earlier offer by a deputy foreign minister.

"We have no specific plans for a visit to Iran's nuclear installations by foreign guests participating in the summit of NAM member countries," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, state news agency IRNA reported.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh hinted on Monday that Iran might let visiting NAM diplomats tour the Parchin military base, which the U.N. nuclear watchdog says may have been used for nuclear-related explosives experiments.

Western diplomats had dismissed the tentative offer, made shortly after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) again failed to gain access to Parchin for its inspectors at a meeting with an Iranian delegation in Vienna on Friday. Read More