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‘Plan of deception’: Iran stole classified documents from IAEA, says Israeli PM


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has accused Iran of stealing classified documents from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“Iran stole classified documents from the UN Atomic Agency, the IAEA, and used this information to systematically evade nuclear investigations,” the Israeli prime minister said.

Bennett claimed that Israel had “got hold of Iran’s deception plan”. Israel’s prime minister tweeted confidential files that allegedly contain classified IAEA documents.

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The information contained alleged “confidential Iranian comments on IAEA documents”, including classified IAEA documents on heavy water, among others, with links to eight files in English and Farsi with photographs .

The IAEA said on Tuesday that Iran’s enriched uranium capacity has now reached more than eighteen times the limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal. The enriched stockpile was “3,809.3 kilograms”. The limit set by the 2015 nuclear agreement was set at 300 kg.

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The development comes even as Iran continues talks with Western countries to revive the 2015 nuclear deal that has stalled since March.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal and imposed tough sanctions on Iran. The Iranian government insisted that the sanctions be lifted in order to revive the agreement.

US point man on Iran Rob Malley had previously expressed his displeasure with “excessive Iranian demands” to which he said the United States would not “surrender” even as Iran said the Biden administration should abandon ‘Trump-era maximum pressure policy’.

(With agency contributions)

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