As if they qualified as weapos inspectors, Iranian President Mahmoud Amhadinejad has ordered that the country's nuclear sites be opened to foreign tourists to prove its program is peaceful, state media report. No details were given on the nature of the trips, or when they might begin. Possible attractions would include the plants at Isfahan and Natanz, or a reactor being built in Bushehr.
The head of Iran's tourism organisation said Ahmadinejad had asked his group to study ways for tourists to see the sites, state news agency Irna reported. "This authorisation has been issued since the Iranian nuclear activities are peaceful," Esfandyar Rahim Mashaii told the agency.
In other news, Iran's Trade Development Organization has recognized the UAE as Iran's main trading partner over the past eight years. It is estimated that Iran's non-oil exports to the UAE in the first five months of the current Iranian year was $1.2 billion. The figure for the corresponding period last year stood at $638 million. Iranian imports from the UAE comprise gas, cigarettes, spare parts for machinery, telecommunications and radio apparatuses, auto teller machines, mobile phones, heavy machinery and banana.