Nuclear Inspectors Arrive in Iran

TEHRAN, Oct. 25 (UPI) — International inspectors arrived in Iran Sunday to determine whether a newly disclosed nuclear facility is intended for peaceful purposes, authorities said.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will spend three days at the facility near the city of Qom, CNN reported.

Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, although many in the West contend Iran is developing a weapons program. That suspicion deepened this summer with the news that Iran had been secretly building the facility at Qom, CNN reported Sunday.

Iranian leaders Friday said they needed until mid week to decide whether to sign an agreement that could ease international tension surrounding the country’s nuclear program.

The proposal, negotiated with U.N. officials, calls for low-enriched uranium produced in Iran to be sent abroad for further enrichment then returned for use in cancer research and treatment.

The deal would reduce Iran’s stockpile of uranium that could be developed for weapons, CNN said.

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