Breaking: Iran: IAEA should review mechanisms to ensure confidentiality of member states’ information
Iran’s nuclear chief has slammed the leak of confidential information of the member states to the International Atomic Energy Agency, urging the nuclear watchdog to review its mechanisms to prevent information leakage.
According to Press TV, Ali Akbar Salehi Salehi said on Saturday “Unfortunately, the leak of the Agency’s confidential information [on member states] to world media is an unpleasant trend that has been going on for years, and in this regard, the Islamic Republic of Iran has on numerous occasions submitted its verbal and written protests to the Agency.”
The Iranian nuclear chief added that publication of such issues undoubtedly is driven by “political goals and motives.”
He emphasized that the IAEA should prevent the release of such issues under a professional approach while maintaining its impartiality.
Iran’s Ambassador to international organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi told reporters last week that the Iranian mission has informed the IAEA of Tehran’s concerns and observations on the protection of confidential information related to its nuclear program.
Gharibabadi said, “Iran’s considerations and concerns with regard to protection of confidential information have been communicated to the International Atomic Energy Agency in an official letter” dated February 4, 2021, which was circulated on February 9.
Salehi was speaking as IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi was set to arrive in Tehran in a few hours for talks with Iranian officials.
Grossi announced on Tuesday that he was ready to visit Iran after the country informed the UN body of its decision to end voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement on February 21 in line with the new law passed by the Parliament.
Grossi said in a statement that the aim of the visit was to find a solution for the Agency to continue to carry out its verification work under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).