Israel Claims Iran Used IAEA Documents to Cover Up Activity

IAEA Chief: Working with Iran 'very difficult'

A new Wall Street Journal report, by way of the Israeli government, is alleging that Iran had access to the IAEA documents on their own nuclear program between 2004 and 2006.

Having access to the documents would be an advantage, giving them insight into what the IAEA knew and what it wanted to know. The Israelis are claiming Iran used this to facilitate cover-ups.

It’s not clear Iran was taking advantage in this way. The report points to them having advance notice of surprise inspections, but keeping wrong-doing secret is a supposition based on Israel believing unproven wrong-doing happened.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi says it is a “very difficult” time with Iran, as the body tries to offer a report on Iranian activities about which questions remain. Iran has provided documents on those activities, and there is pressure on the IAEA to not recognize that fact.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of