Iran calls on the IAEA to stop publishing “confidential information” and denounces “psychological warfare”

The Iranian authorities have asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stop disclosing confidential information and denounced the existence of a “psychological war” against Tehran.

Iranian Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokesman Behruz Kamalvandi stressed that the IAEA has published in its regular reports details of Iranian nuclear activities that violate its statutes and jurisdiction.

“Given the repeated publication of Iranian documents, there seems to be a trend under the influence of certain countries with specific goals, which includes psychological warfare,” he said in statements made to Iranian TV broadcaster IRIB.

Iran calls on the IAEA to stop publishing “confidential information” and denounces “psychological warfare”
Iran calls on the IAEA to stop publishing “confidential information” and denounces “psychological warfare”

It has stated that these reports are published “when a major event or distraction has occurred” and has stressed that “there is no other reason for publishing this information”.

Kamalvandi stressed that it was “inappropriate” for the IAEA to release technical details about a country’s nuclear activities without justification, saying that the agency has been doing so for “a long time” with regard to Iran.

In this sense, he emphasized that the organization does not have the same attitude towards other countries and reiterated that, according to the Iranian news agency Mehr, Tehran had acted transparently in its information.

Because of this, Kamalvandi said that “it appears that (the IAEA) is publishing these reports to damage (Iran’s) image” and warned that Tehran “may need to take action to end this situation”.

The IAEA spokesman’s words came after Iran assured that nuclear negotiations in Vienna on the 2015 agreement would resume within a month of meeting the number ‘two’ of the Foreign Action Service, Enrique Blackberry.

“We have agreed to start negotiations before the end of November. The exact date will be announced in the course of next week,” said Iranian chief negotiator Bagheri Kani in a post on social media on Wednesday.

Iran has announced that it will withdraw its commitments on several points of the 2015 nuclear deal after the United States unilaterally abandoned the pact in 2018, despite the fact that the Iranian authorities have argued that if the United States lifts the sanctions and, these steps can be reversed return to the agreement.

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