Iran Will Allow UN Inspectors at Nuke Site

But official brags it will 'blind the eyes' of enemies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2009 11:08 AM CDT
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad adjusts his earphones during a news conference in New York Friday.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – Some typically mixed messages out of Iran today: The nation's nuclear chief says UN inspectors will be allowed to visit a newly revealed uranium-enrichment facility. Ali Akbar Salehi says he's "astonished" by the controversy, insisting that Iran has done nothing wrong. Meanwhile, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei boasted that the site will be open soon and will "blind the eyes of the enemies," reports AP. 

Salehi says Tehran is in compliance with international rules requiring that it report new facilities when they are within 6 months of firing up. The new site, thought to be underground near the holy city of Qom, isn't that close, he says. Yesterday, President Obama and other world leaders accused Iran of keeping the site secret for years. Salehi says Iran will work out the details of an inspection with the International Atomic Energy Agency.