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Russian Envoy Slams Leakage of IAEA Report on Iran

Saturday 5 December 2020

LONDON (IRNA) — Russian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov in a Twitter message criticized the IAEA over leakage of confidential report on Iran.

Earlier on Friday, Western news agencies published a confidential IAEA report on nuclear inspections in Iran. According to an AFP article, Iran’s enriched uranium stockpiles were almost eight times the limit permitted by the 2015 nuclear deal. The IAEA also expressed its “serious concern” over Iran’s failure to permit experts to two facilities where undeclared nuclear materials could be stored. According to Reuters, the report contains a call to Iran “immediately to cooperate fully with the agency, including by providing prompt access to the locations specified.”

In reaction to this leakage, Ulyanov tweeted on Friday:

Yet another confidential #IAEA report on #Iran was leaked to mass media immediately upon its circulation in Board of Governors.

adding:

The Ambassador of Iran in his Twitter account has already reacted by suggesting to strengthen mechanisms of confidentiality. Good idea but will it help?

Earlier, Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi in a Twitter message said:

@iaeaorg confidential report, based on Iran’s confidential letter, appeared in Media immediately even before the BoG Members could track it down. Agency is not merely responsible to update the development, but shall ensure confidentiality of safeguards information.

He added:

If neither the Agency nor its Member States are to be blamed for this crack in confidentiality, @iaeaorg should revise its confidentiality mechanisms including regarding using GovAtom as the safe and confidential means for communications.


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