Iran Agrees to Inspection of Second Uranium Enrichment Plant

October 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Iran agreed on Thursday to allow the United Nations’ nuclear inspectors access to its second uranium enrichment site. Iran’s consent to the inspection resulted from talks between Iranian diplomats and representatives from six world powers held in Geneva.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, said Iran had promised to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on inspections of its second uranium enrichment facility, located near the holy city of Qom, which Iran had illegally kept hidden from inspectors.

Solana said that Iran broke the law by not disclosing the second Qom site from the onset.

Iran also agreed, in principal, to export some of its uranium to third parties for enrichment and then have it transported back to Iran.

The six-party talks, including the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, provided an opportunity for U.S. officials to meet face-to-face with Iranian diplomats for the first time in many years.

On Thursday, U.S. Under Secretary of State William Burns met privately with Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili away from the main talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Thursday’s six-party session with Iran a “productive” meeting.

The six world leaders plan to meet again before the end of October.

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