Iran Says Cooperating With IAEA, West Skeptical
New York Times/Reuters / Hashem Kalantari & Fredrik Dah

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will continue to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, appearing to confirm Tehran had let inspectors access a reactor under construction after blocking visits for a year.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is due to release a report on Iran's disputed nuclear program this week. Last week diplomats accredited to the Vienna-based agency said Iran had allowed the IAEA to inspect the Arak heavy water reactor site.

The U.N. agency had urged Iran to grant access so it can verify that the site under construction is for peaceful uses only. The diplomats also said Iran had recently allowed an upgrade to monitoring at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

The moves were greeted with skepticism by the West, which suspects Iran is seeking to build nuclear bombs. Tehran says its nuclear work is to generate electricity. Uranium enrichment can have both civilian and military uses.

Asked about the reported Arak visit and whether there had been a change or improvement in Iran's relatio... >>>

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