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Iranian nuclear official says government may accept snap atomic inspections

An Iranian nuclear official says the country may accept snap inspections of its atomic facilities should Iran and world powers reach a final agreement over Tehran's contentious nuclear program.

In 2003, Iran accepted the so-called "additional protocol" of snap inspections for two years, but parliament never ratified it.

Quoted by official IRNA news agency, atomic energy organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said: "The government may accept the additional protocol based on its expediency and progress in the nuclear talks, but Iranian parliament makes the final decision."

Iran and world powers — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany — are negotiating to reach a final deal, with the next round convening July 2.

The West suspects Iran's nuclear program has a military dimension, a charge Iran denies.