Iran’s nuclear chief says his country will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to inspect its newly revealed, still unfinished uranium enrichment facility.

Ali Akbar Salehi didn’t specify when inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency could visit the site. He says the timing will be worked out with the U.N. watchdog.

Iran’s newly revealed site is said to be in the arid mountains near the holy city of Qom, inside a heavily guarded, underground facility.

The pilot plant will house 3,000 centrifuges that could soon produce nuclear fuel or the payload for atomic warheads. Mr. Salehi spoke on state TV on Saturday.

He says Iran has “pre-empted a conspiracy” against Tehran by the U.S. and its allies by reporting the site voluntarily to the IAEA.

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