Iran writes letter to IAEA over US official’s remarks

Tehran, July 24, IRNA – Iran’s Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi in a letter to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano warned against the possible leak of the IAEA’s information after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s irresponsible remarks.

Najafi’s letter came after Earnest on July 17 claimed that the US or Israeli military officials will increase their capabilities by receiving information on IAEA’s inspection regime throughout years that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will be implemented.

“Such statements is violation of commitments of the governments on not threatening or using force according to the UN charter and at a time when JCPOA has been recently finalized in a successful manner such remarks can seriously overshadow the fundamental principles needed for implementation of JCPOA which will kick off soon,” part of Najafi’s letter said.

It went to say that such statements threaten the IAEA’s role as stipulated in JCPOA because IAEA has asked IAEA to take the precautionary measures to maintain trade, technical and industrial secrets and other secret information acquired in the course of transparency measures.

On Friday, Reza Najafi explained that Iran and the IAEA signed a roadmap in the Austrian city of Vienna on July 14, which comprises “two separate sets of steps” to be taken by the two sides.

“These sets of steps include technical details, and are considered completely confidential,” said the Iranian official, emphasizing, however, that the roadmap, whose content is confidential, is not a part of the JCPOA.

Therefore, calling the sets of steps “secret annexes to the JCPOA” is wrong, Najafi said.

He also explained that it is natural for the IAEA and its member states to have agreements with confidential content.

Iran and the IAEA announced the signing of the roadmap on the same day that the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 countries – Russia, China France, Britain, the US and Germany – successfully concluded their marathon talks in Vienna and finalized the JCPOA.

After signing the roadmap, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said it “sets out a clear sequence of activities over the coming months, including the provision by Iran of explanations regarding outstanding issues. It provides for technical expert meetings, technical measures and discussions, as well as a separate arrangement regarding the issue of Parchin site.”

On Wednesday, the JCPOA turned into an international document after the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed a resolution, under which the IAEA will continue to verify Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA.