Nuclear inspector in Iran reported to be killed in car crash

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TEHRAN -- An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector died Tuesday in Iran, killed in a car accident near a heavy-water reactor in Markazi province, according to Iranian news reports.

The death of a nuclear inspector is bound to draw scrutiny, but there were no immediate reports of foul play. Iranian roads are known for being dangerous; the country is widely believed to suffer one of the highest rates of driving fatalities in the world.

The victim was identified by the Islamic Republic News Agency as Seo Ok-Seok from South Korea. An inspector from the Slovak Republic also was wounded in the car crash and hospitalized, Fars News reported.

Inspectors from the U.N. watchdog agency regularly visit Iranian nuclear facilities. The Iranian nuclear program has been under scrutiny from the West and Israel, which fear the country is trying to gain the capacity to make nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.



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