Iran to Protest to IAEA over Leaks of Confidential N-Information

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Iran says it will lodge a protest with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over recent media leaks of confidential information about Tehran’s long-term nuclear program.

Reacting to the leaks, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that “the parts of the document published were confidential and were supposed to remain so.”

“Our assumption is that it has been leaked by the IAEA,” the Iranian official added.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi also said Iran had asked the IAEA to keep the data on Tehran’s long-term nuclear program confidential as there is no reason to make the information public.

Tehran also agreed that a joint commission, which oversees the implementation of the nuclear agreement, will be notified of the plans in a confidential manner, Salehi added.

“We do not intend to make this plan known to the public and IAEA's action is a breach of promise," the official said.

Iran and Russia will sign a deal soon for the sale of 40 tonnes of heavy water, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) also said. 

“Final steps have been taken towards the sale of 40 tonnes of heavy water produced by our country to Russia and the relevant agreement will be signed soon,” Salehi said.

Major European companies, which he didn't specify, have also proposed to buy heavy water from Iran, he added.

“So far, we have negotiated to sell a consignment of 10-15 tonnes to one country and another to some other country in the European Union, the names of which we do not divulge for the time being,” Salehi said.

He also said Iran has so far transferred 32 tonnes of heavy water to the US and been paid for its value.

Salehi further touched on various usages of the commodity in pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as its application in nuclear fusion for generating electricity. 

Salehi said that Iran produces 20 tonnes of heavy water per year, adding the volume can be increased but the country is currently focused on improving the purity of the produce.

The official said the heavy water produced by Iran enjoys 99.95-percent purity.

“The commodity’s quality has been verified in the best US laboratories. Given that only a small number of countries produce heavy water, we are among the most exceptional ones in this regard.”

“Even if they do not buy from us, we would keep it in storage as…the commodity is not perishable,” the AEOI chief asserted.

Salehi said some countermeasures have been taken in order to reverse restrictions placed on the country’s nuclear activities should the other side violate the deal.

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