Skip to comments.Iran to host UN nuclear inspectors amid tensions over Strait of Hormuz threat
Posted on 01/13/2012 12:28:51 PM PST by ColdOne
WASHINGTON Iran has agreed to host a high-level team of United Nations nuclear inspectors later this month, according to Western diplomats. The surprise development could help to curb building tensions with the West, The Wall Street Journal reported. However, the U.S. warned Tehran against making good on its threats to close the Strait of Hormuz -- a strategic waterway where 20 percent of the world's daily oil trade passes through -- The New York Times reported, adding that the Obama administration would consider such a move a "red line" and would respond accordingly. The warning came as diplomats Thursday said Iran had tentatively agreed to receive a delegation from the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headed by the agency's chief weapons inspector, Herman Nackaerts, The Journal reported. The diplomats, who are based in Vienna, said the visit was tentatively set for Jan. 28. Unclear, said the diplomats, was whether Tehran would let the inspectors visit key nuclear sites and interview the Iranian official the U.S. and the U.N. agency believe may head a nuclear weapons program. An Iranian diplomat in New York declined to comment to The Journal on the trip.
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