Iran’s parliament to discuss data leak by IAEA: MP

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker said the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission will look into disclosure of a confidential document on its long-term nuclear plans by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Speaking to Tasnim on Tuesday, Hojatoleslam Mojtaba Zonnoor, the head of the Nuclear Committee of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said the leakage of the country’s confidential information by the UN nuclear agency will be discussed during the commission’s upcoming session.

Referring to the US and Western countries’ lack of commitment and insolent behavior, the Iranian lawmaker said the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission “will certainly react (to the issue)”.

He added that the commission will also urge the government to react quickly and reconsider its interaction with the IAEA and the West.

Security of Iran’s data must be ensured by the UN nuclear agency, Zonnoor further stressed.

The comments follow revelations of a confidential document -an add-on agreement to the nuclear deal with world powers- that Iran has given the IAEA.

The document, obtained by the Associated Press in Vienna, outlines Tehran’s plans to expand its uranium enrichment program after the first 10 years of the nuclear deal.

According to AP, it is the only text linked to last year’s agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) that has not been made public, although US officials say members of the Congress who expressed interest were briefed on its substance.

The document was given to AP by a diplomat whose work has focused on Iran’s nuclear program for more than a decade, and its authenticity was confirmed by another diplomat who possesses the same document.

AP claims the document says that as of January 2027 -a date which will mark 11 years after the implementation early this year of the JCPOA- Iran will start replacing its mainstay centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines.

From year 11 to 13, says the document, Iran will install centrifuges up to five times as efficient as the 5,060 machines it is now restricted to using.

By Tasnim News Agency