Iran says no access to military site in UN nuclear deal

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran said the controversial Parchin military site is not included in an agreement it struck on Sunday with the United Nations atomic watchdog.

"Visiting Parchin is not included in the seven steps," said Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi.

His remarks, reported by the ISNA news agency, came after two days of talks in Teheran with experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), building on a roadmap deal agreed in November.

The new deal requires Teheran to implement seven steps by May 15, including visits to a uranium mine and yellowcake factory in central Iran.

The IAEA suspects explosive tests took place in Parchin, a military site near Teheran, that are "strong indicators of possible nuclear weapon development".

It has asked in vain for years to visit the facility, pointing to new information it has uncovered since its last visits to the site in 2005.

Six world powers negotiating with Iran on its current nuclear activities also called on Tehran in March 2012 to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the site.

Iran says it has no obligation to do so, as Parchin is a designated military site.

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