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U.N. inspectors enter new site

October 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

United Nations inspectors entered a newly revealed uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection that has added to Western suspicions about the extent and intent of Iran's nuclear program.

The visit by the four-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency, reported by state media, was the first independent look inside the planned nuclear fuel lab, a former ammunition dump burrowed into the treeless hills south of Tehran and only publicly disclosed last month. The inspectors are expected to study plant blueprints, interview workers and take soil samples before wrapping up the three-day mission.

No results are expected until the team leaves, but some Iranian officials hailed the visit as proof that their program is open to scrutiny.

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