VIENNA (AP) - The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
has confirmed being invited to visit Iran. But he says he will go
only if there is hope of resolving major differences over the
Islamic Republic's atomic activities.
Yukiya Amano says the prospect of "a constructive, concrete
result is needed" for him to take up the invitation issued Tuesday
by Iran's nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi.
Iran has for years stonewalled IAEA efforts to probe suspicions
that Iran has worked on components of a nuclear weapons program. It
also refuses to freeze uranium enrichment, despite four sets of
U.N. Security Council sanctions meant to pressure Tehran to stop
the program and other activities that could be used for weapons.
Iran says it does not want nuclear arms and is enriching only to
make reactor fuel.