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UN nuclear inspectors in Iran

The UN watchdog and Iran resumed their nuclear programme talks on Thursday.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano. Picture: The United Nations.

DUBAI - Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog were in Tehran on Thursday for talks on Iran's disputed nuclear programme.

But there was no sign they would gain access to the Parchin military complex as requested.

The Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said "no plans were announced yet for inspectors to visit Iran's nuclear facilities or other sites", without giving a source.

The meeting could give some indication whether Iran is more willing to address international concerns over its nuclear programme after U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election last month.

Tehran has denied that it wants to develop nuclear weapons.

Israel has threatened military action if diplomacy and economic sanctions intended to halt Iran's uranium enrichment programme fail to resolve the longstanding dispute.

ISNA said the seven-member IAEA delegation headed by Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts would meet Iranian nuclear officials.

There was no word on whether talks had begun a few hours after the inspectors arrived in the Iranian capital.

The visit was not even mentioned by state television's main midday news broadcast.

The IAEA wants an agreement that would enable its inspectors to visit a military complex, Parchin, and other sites that it suspects may be linked to what it has called the "possible military dimensions" to Iran's nuclear programme.

Iran says Parchin is a conventional military site and has dismissed allegations that it has tried to clean up the site before any visit.