Tehran -

An Iranian official says UN inspectors are on the way to visit a key uranium mine as part of a deal to allow expanded monitoring of the country's nuclear sites.

Nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the official IRNA news agency that the inspectors were en route on Wednesday to Bandar Abbas to visit the nearby Gachin mine.

Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog - the International Atomic Energy Agency - struck a deal in November that grants UN inspectors wider access to Iran's nuclear facilities.

The deal was parallel to an agreement with world powers to have Iran halt its most sensitive uranium enrichment activities in return for easing of Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme.

Tehran denies Western charges that it seeks to make nuclear weapons. - Sapa-AP