Iran to Allow IAEA Inspectors into Secret Military Facility


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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran will grant inspectors from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency permission to see one of its secret military facilities, state media reported on Tuesday.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will be allowed to visit the Parchin military facility, which is suspected of building explosive components that could be used for a nuclear weapon.  Iran has previously denied access to the site and denies there are any nuclear facilities there.

The announcement comes after Monday’s meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran’s nuclear program.  The two leaders are in talks on how best to discourage Iran from continuing with any plans to manufacture a nuclear weapon.

While Israel has suggested striking Iran militarily, the U.S. has been pushing more for diplomacy and sanctions.

Speaking before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, Netanyahu pressed on, saying: “Israel has waited patiently for the international community to resolve this issue.  We’ve waited for diplomacy to work.  We’ve waited for sanctions to work.  None of us can afford to wait much longer.”

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