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U.N. nuclear inspection team to visit Tehran

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December 13, 2012 | 11:14 am

A general view of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, some 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran Oct 26. Photo by Mohammad Babaie/REUTERS/IRNA

A general view of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, some 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran Oct 26. Photo by Mohammad Babaie/REUTERS/IRNA

A nuclear inspection team from the United Nation's nuclear watchdog agency will make a one-day visit to Tehran to try to jumpstart talks on Iran's nuclear program.

The seven-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency was scheduled to meet with Iranian nuclear officials on Thursday. The team also planned to try to visit the Parchin military complex.

The IAEA has been attempting to visit Parchin, located near Tehran, for the last year. Satellite photos of the site indicate that it has been used for nuclear weapons experiments.

Earlier this week, the Institute for Science and International Security, a U.S. think tank, released satellite photos showing the construction of two large buildings on the site, following the demolition of the existing buildings, Haaretz reported.

In August, the IAEA released a report which included details on Iran’s having demolished of buildings and sterilizing the Parchin military complex, with would make it harder to detect the nature of nuclear research efforts there.

Tehran repeatedly says that its nuclear activity is for a domestic energy creating program and peaceful research. The West believes Iran is attempting to create a nuclear bomb.

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