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UN nuke agency and Iran head for potential showdown on inspections


 The head of the U.N.'s atomic agency is setting the stage for a potential showdown with Iran -- by saying that a nuclear agreement that's in the works would give his experts the right to push for access to Iranian military sites.

   Yukiya Amano (yoo-KEE'-ah ah-MAHN'-oh), who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke as negotiators opened a new round of talks aimed at reaching a deal by the end of June.

   Iran tentatively agreed last month to open its atomic activities to greater scrutiny as part of the deal -- which would require it to curb nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons. In exchange, Iran would see relief from international sanctions. Amano says Iran specifically agreed to implement provisions allowing inspectors to have much more access than they now have.

   But Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared military sites off limits to "foreigners" who he said would be working "under the pretext of inspections." And an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander has said anyone setting foot into an Iranian military facility will be met with "hot lead."

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