A tour of Iran's nuclear sites is going ahead despite many key powers, including Russia, declining Tehran's invitation. Moscow refused along with experts from the EU, China and other members of the UN's nuclear watchdog. Iran's main allies, Turkey and Brazil, are also not taking part, while the U.S. wasn't invited.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said such visits should not be substitutes for official inspections or six-party talks. The West suspects Iran's building a nuclear bomb, while Tehran insists it's only working on peaceful atomic energy. Ahead of crucial six-party talks on its programme, Iran's being accused of trying to create a rift in the members by inviting some to tour its facilities while clearly snubbing others. But experts believe any such attempts are doomed to failure.
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