IAEA Inspectors Visit Qom Nuke Plant

TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (UPI) — U.N. inspectors Thursday visited an Iranian nuclear power plant that Tehran didn’t disclosed until September, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

The visit to the facility near Qom was the second for IAEA inspectors, coming a day after Iran’s foreign minister rejected a critical portion of a draft agreement to allay international concerns about Iran’s intentions regarding nuclear weapons, CNN reported.

Also, major world powers will meet Friday to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana’s office told CNN Thursday. The United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain meet on a regular basis to discuss possible steps to take concerning Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iran insists it only intends to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, but Western leaders say they believe Iran is trying to develop the capability to build nuclear weapons.

On Wednesday, Iranian-backed media reported Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Iran will not send its partially enriched uranium elsewhere to be processed into material suitable for medical research, but Tehran might allow its nuclear material to be reprocessed inside Iran.

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