Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 1
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
An Iranian source has not confirmed a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency's director general, Yukiya Amano, to the US.
The source told IRNA news agency that the IAEA's director general should not be held accountable for political groups in different countries.
Such rumors have corroborated the probability of leakage of confidential data in a situation that hardliner congressmen and senators are seeking to attain details on agreement between Iran and the IAEA.
The IAEA is an independent entity, so its director should not be held accountable for political groups in different countries, the source said.
It seems that such visits contradict with the principle of independency an impartiality of the organization. Frequent travels of the IAEA's director general to countries and briefing groups and parliaments are actually impossible, the source said.
Some western media have reported that Amano will meet members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a bid to blunt growing criticism of the agency's inspections regime for Iran's nuclear sites.
Amano will discuss with senators "the IAEA's role in verifying and monitoring nuclear-related measures," the IAEA said July 31.
The US Congress has voiced particular concern that the agency won't go far enough in addressing evidence Iran pursued a covert nuclear-weapons program in past decades. Tehran says its program is for peaceful purposes.