Iran to Allow Inspectors at Qom Site on Oct. 25

IAEA head says Tehran is moving toward 'transparency and cooperation' on nuclear issue
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 2:18 AM CDT
In this July 15, 2008 file photo, The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamad El Baradei arrives for talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
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(Newser) – Iran will allow UN inspectors into the newly-disclosed nuclear facility near the city of Qom on October 25, the head of the IAEA said yesterday, a day after arriving in Tehran. Iran and the West seem to be “shifting gears from confrontation into transparency and cooperation," he added approvingly.  "I hope and trust Iran will be helpful with our inspectors."

Tehran has also agreed to talks set for October 19 with representatives from the US, Russia, and France on a deal to send Iranian uranium to Russia in order for it to be enriched to a 20% level, the LA Times reports. Uranium enriched to 20% is useful for medical and non-military research purposes, but well short of the 90% level needed for a bomb.