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Official: Iran ready to let UN team inspect heavy water facility within weeks

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, pose for a photo under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right, following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency have reached a roadmap deal for cooperation during talks in Tehran Saturday that expands the monitoring of the country's nuclear sites. (AP Photo/ ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi)

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, pose for a photo under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right, following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency have reached a roadmap deal for cooperation during talks in Tehran Saturday that expands the monitoring of the country's nuclear sites. (AP Photo/ ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi)  (The Associated Press)

An Iranian official says the authorities are ready to let the U.N. nuclear agency inspect a new heavy water reactor within weeks.

The spokesman of Iran's nuclear department, Behrouz Kamalvandi, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday as saying inspections at the Arak facility could take place by Dec. 11.

But Kamalvandi also says Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency would first have to agree on the details of the inspections. IRNA did not elaborate further.

The offer is seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the next round of talks between Iran and the IAEA on Dec. 11.

Iran on Monday promised more information and access to its nuclear sites.

The West suspects Iran's nuclear program is geared toward atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.