Iran has invited U.N. inspectors to visit its Arak heavy-water plant. The Hindu reported Thursday that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano announced in Vienna during a meeting on Thursday of the agency’s 35-member board that inspectors have been invited to visit the site on December 8.
The Arak facility produces heavy water for the nearby research reactor that is under construction. During the Geneva talks, Iran’s interlocutors—United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany—wanted Tehran to halt all work on the facility related to the production of plutonium that can be used to develop an atomic bomb. Iran claims that the reactor, which it has said could start up next year, will produce medical isotopes.