Iran says it will allow U.N. inspectors access to a secret military complex where the U.N. nuclear agency suspects secret atomic work has been carried out.
In a statement issued by the country’s permanent envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran says it will allow U.N. officials to visit the Parchin complex, southeast of Tehran in a gesture of good will.
The statement says the visit requires an agreement on guidelines for the inspection. It was carried by the official ISNA news agency Tuesday. There was no indication of how much freedom IAEA officials will have on their tour of Parchin.
Also Tuesday, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, who are demanding that Iran freeze all uranium enrichment, said they have accepted an offer to resume talks with Tehran on the nuclear issue.
Tuesday’s announcements come less than two weeks after IAEA experts returned from Tehran from their second failed attempt within a month to persuade Iran to end nearly four years of stonewalling on what the agency says is growing intelligence-based information that Iran has worked — and may still be working — on components of a nuclear weapons program.