Iran Dismisses Media Reports on Parchin Inspection

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi rejected as mere speculation a recent AP report on the inspection of Iran’s Parchin military site, saying that no secret document about Iran-IAEA cooperation has been disclosed.

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The Associated Press on Wednesday claimed it has seen a document showing Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work.

Kamalvandi rejected the report, stressing, “The (International Atomic Energy) Agency (IAEA) has so far remained committed to its undertakings on the protection of secret documents and information regarding (its) bilateral agreement with our country.”

He said there has been “no move that indicates a violation of these commitments,” noting that Iran-IAEA cooperation on resolving the past issues is going on well.

Earlier on August 16, Kamalvandi had lauded director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, for resisting pressures for disclosing the confidential data on the agency’s agreements with Tehran.

Back on July 14, Iran and the IAEA signed a roadmap to clarify the outstanding past and present issues regarding Tehran’s nuclear program. According to the document, the IAEA will review the information given by Iran by September 15, 2015, and will submit to Iran questions on any possible ambiguities regarding such information.

The IAEA confirmed last Saturday that Iran has given the UN nuclear body the information regarding its past nuclear activities.

“Iran today provided the IAEA with its explanation in writing and related documents as agreed in the roadmap for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” the IAEA said in a statement at the time, confirming that Iran had met a deadline.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14 finalized the text of a lasting deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran’s commitments under the deal.

According the JCPOA, “The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be requested to monitor and verify the voluntary nuclear-related measures as detailed in this JCPOA. The IAEA will be requested to provide regular updates to the Board of Governors, and as provided for in this JCPOA, to the UN Security Council. All relevant rules and regulations of the IAEA with regard to the protection of information will be fully observed by all parties involved.”

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