June 23, 2018
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Iran confirms IAEA visit but says it will make no concessions

By Farshid Motahari, dpa

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran confirmed Saturday a visit later this month by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, official news agency IRNA reported.

At the same time however, Tehran reiterated that the visit did not mean Iran would make any concessions over its nuclear rights.

“The IAEA inspectors will come to Iran and the visit will take about one month,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast. “But Iran is absolutely serious in maintaining its nuclear rights and will not make any concessions in this regard,” the spokesman added.

The high-ranking IAEA delegation, headed by deputy head Herman Nackaerts, will visit Iran on Jan. 28. Also in the team will be assistant director general Rafael Grossi and IAEA legal department head Peri Lynne Johnson.

The team is scheduled to inspect the new uranium enrichment site of Fordo, south of the capital Tehran, which Iran says is to become operational in February and enrich uranium to 3.5, 4 and 20 percent.

This is the first IAEA team to visit Iran after the UN nuclear agency accused Tehran in a November report of being involved in a secret nuclear weapons program. Tehran categorically denied the charges.

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