Iran’s ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says the Iranian mission has informed the IAEA of Tehran’s concerns and observations on the protection of confidential information related to its nuclear program.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Kazem 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.
He added that despite the existence of relevant regulations, the issue of leaking or unauthorized access to confidential information of the agency has been always a major sticking point in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s relations with the IAEA.
“Iran’s concerns about non-implementation of [IAEA’s] commitments regarding confidentiality of information have been brought up frequently during the past two decades, but have not been addressed in a suitable way yet,” Iran’s IAEA ambassador said.
Gharibabadi said although member countries are involved in leaking of confidential information, the IAEA is responsible for safeguarding such information and must come up with necessary policies and processes to do away with such concerns or do something to change the status quo.