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Iran not to allow 'special' nuclear inspections: atomic chief

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-11-20 20:43

TEHRAN - The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Tehran will not allow any "special" inspections into the country's nuclear facilities, state IRIB TV reported on Thursday.

"We will not accept any special inspections" by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that are exclusively planned for Iran's nuclear facilities, Ali-Akbar Salehi said.

There is no room for "special regulations" to be set for Iran, which is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and observes all nuclear regulations, Salehi said.

The IAEA has carried out more than 7,000 person-hours of inspection at Iran's nuclear sites over the past years and its cameras are constantly monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, Salehi said.

The remarks came as Iran and major world powers try to reach a deal over Tehran's disputed nuclear program in the run-up to the Nov 24 deadline.

On Thursday, IAEA director general Yukiya Amano asked Iran "to increase its cooperation with the agency and to provide timely access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel."

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