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Report: Iran will open suspect military base if threats dropped
Published Friday 28/12/2012 (updated) 29/12/2012 17:21
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DUBAI (Reuters) -- Iran would let UN nuclear inspectors into a military base they suspect was used for atomic weapons-related work, if threats against the Islamic Republic are dropped, a government official was quoted as saying.

The International Atomic Energy Agency believes Iran conducted explosives tests with possible nuclear applications at Parchin, a sprawling military base southeast of Tehran, and has repeatedly asked to inspect it.

Western diplomats say Iran has carried out extensive work at Parchin over the past year to cleanse it of any evidence of illicit activities but IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said earlier this month a visit would still be "useful".

"If the trans-regional threats (against Iran) dissipate, then they will find it possible to visit Parchin," Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi was quoted by the Iranian Labour News Agency as saying on Wednesday. The comments were also published on Thursday by online magazine Iran Diplomacy.

Qashqavi was most likely referring to Israel's threat of military strikes against Iran and the possibility of further sanctions by the West.

Israel has said it will resort to military action if diplomacy fails to prevent Iran getting nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear work is entirely peaceful.

Earlier this month, IAEA officials visited Iran to try to negotiate access to Parchin to resolve outstanding issues related to "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program.

Iran has repeatedly said that a wider agreement on the IAEA's inquiry must be reached before opening the site to inspectors.
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1 ) ShirleyS / Australia
29/12/2012 12:16
what aload of garbage Iran has proven the trsts related to nano technology and anyone who reitewrates this rubbish is stirring lies and US war drumsIran does not have top let IAEA into site US would not let IAEA into its military sites and nor wpould Russia the fact remanins just over yr ago IRAN offered IAEA to run its full nuclear program for some time US OBAMA SAID NOno evidence Iran developing nuclear weapons yrs of this produce nothingBUSH OLMERT STARTED THIS WITH SECOND HOLOCAUST SCARE MON
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