Iran accuses IAEA of leaking classified information, amid restart of Vienna talks by end of November

Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Spokesperson urged the International Atomic Energy Agency to stop spreading confidential data regarding Tehran’s nuclear program.

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Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Spokesperson, Behrouz Kamalvandi, accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of leaking confidential information related to the Iranian nuclear program. His remarks came following Tehran and EU partners agreeing to restart Vienna talks by end of November.

Giving an interview to the Iranian media, Kamalvandi urged the UN nuclear watchdog body to immediately stop its activities in this regard.

“Given the repeated incidence of publishing Iran’s documents, it looks like there is a trend that is underway with the influence of certain countries with certain goals, part of which is waging psychological war,” the spokesperson said in an interview.

What Kamalvandi referred to as “repeated incidence” is periodic reports that the IAEA publishes on its website.

Kamalvandi also underlined that the continuation of such an attitude might force Iran to “take some actions to stop this situation,” including reconsidering its communication method with the UN body.”

On the other hand, the IAEA director, Rafael Grossi, expressed his desire to hold talks with Iranian President Raisi to build a relation of “mutual trust and confidence.”

Grossi’s remarks came during an interview in Brussels. “Our relationship with Iran is a permanent one, it is not predicated on the JCPOA or other things. It is a permanent relationship based on their membership in the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which requires all countries in the world to have a system of inspections.”

Emphasizing that ups and downs in any relationship are routine, Grossi stated that they are undertaking every possible effort to keep the relations at a good level.”

The director also reiterated his call that Iran should permit replacing the monitoring and surveillance equipment installed in Iran’s nuclear sites.

On Wednesday, Ali Bagheri Kani, the chief of Iran’s nuclear negotiation team, announced, following a meeting with an EU delegation, that his country and EU states reached an agreement about Iran’s return to the talks in Vienna by the end of November.

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