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Iran's heavy-water nuclear reactor at Arak (file photo) (Fars)
July 24, 2007 -- The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said today it plans to send a team of inspectors to Iran's disputed Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor.
The visit is expected to take place next week.
Access to the Arak reactor for UN inspectors is a key step in efforts to allay international concerns about Iran's nuclear program.
The visit was confirmed today as Iranian negotiators met with Olli Heinonen, the deputy chief of the IAEA.
The IAEA says today's talks in Vienna are an attempt to clarify "the open issues associated with the scope and content of Iran's enrichment program."
Iran insists its nuclear program is intended only to produce electricity.
The United States accuses Tehran of covertly trying to build nuclear weapons.