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UN inspectors plan to visit Iran's Gachin uranium mine before February

VIENNA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Wednesday its inspectors plan to visit the Gachin uranium mine in Iran's south before February 11.

The IAEA confirmed the news following a meeting with Iranian delegates in Vienna, which it deemed "productive."

The two parties will meet again in Tehran on January 21, where IAEA Deputy Director General Tero Varjoranta said he hopes to press the Islamic Republic further on "possible military dimensions" to its nuclear program, Austria Press Agency reported.

The inspection, or "managed access" of the mine is among six practical measures Iran agreed on Nov. 11 to meet within the following three months, and is separate to the agreement it made with the six world powers on Nov. 24, where it agreed to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for a slight easing of sanctions by foreign nations.

On Sunday IAEA inspectors visited the country's Arak heavy water facility for the first time in two years. Fears exist it would be capable of providing a nearby as yet unfinished reactor facility with the means to aid in production of a nuclear bomb.

Despite the ongoing suspicions of weapons production, the Iranian regime continues to assert its nuclear program is entirely for peaceful purposes.

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