October 25, 2009 / 1:27 PM / in 8 years

IAEA visits Iran's second enrichment site: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A team from the U.N. nuclear watchdog inspected Iran’s newly disclosed uranium enrichment site on Sunday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

<p>IAEA nuclear inspectors arrive at the Imam Khomeini International airport, 35 km (22 miles) south of Tehran, October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

“The inspectors who arrived in Iran on Sunday visited the facility in central Iran. They are expected to visit the site again,” Mehr said, without giving a source.

The inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Iran early on Sunday to examine a nuclear site that has heightened Western fears of a covert program to develop atomic bombs, an accusation the Islamic Republic rejects.

Iran revealed the existence of its second enrichment plant, under construction 160 km (100 miles) south of Tehran, in September, fanning Western suspicions over its nuclear ambitions.

The West fears Iran wants to use its nuclear program to build atomic weapons. Iran insists it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi, editing by Tim Pearce

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