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IAEA Says Had 'Good Trip' To Iran Enrichment Site


The team of IAEA inspectors arrives in Tehran on October 25.

The team of IAEA inspectors arrives in Tehran on October 25.

VIENNA (Reuters) -- The head of the UN nuclear watchdog's mission to a newly disclosed plant in Iran has said the inspectors had what he termed a good trip but he declined to give any details.

The site, which Iran revealed last month, has heightened Western fears of a covert program to develop atomic bombs. Tehran says its nuclear program is only for power generation.

"We had a good trip," International Atomic Energy Agency official Herman Nackaerts told reporters on arrival at Vienna airport with the three other members of his team.

"We visited the Fordo enrichment plant. Now we are going to analyze the data and the director-general will then report in due time," Nackaerts said after the four-day trip.

He declined to say whether the team of experts had discovered anything surprising or if they had been able to carry out a full visit of the site, built inside a mountain about 160 kilometers south of Tehran.

The Islamic republic revealed the plant's existence to the Vienna-based IAEA on September 21. It said the site, which is still under construction, would enrich uranium only to the low 5 percent purity suitable for power plant fuel.

IAEA chief Muhammad el-Baradei will issue his next report on Iran around mid-November.
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