Iran ‘concerned’ over security of nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Ministry expresses concern over reports of cyber attacks at nuclear talks

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran is concerned over the security of nuclear talks with six world powers after reports of cyber attacks at the nuclear negotiations, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed “serious concern” over reports of cyber attacks at the negotiation venues and sent letters to the Austrian and Swiss governments asking for necessary measures, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

"Iran wants all necessary measures ... taken to secure the talks, including cyber security, as soon as possible," the ministry’s letter read.

Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday a sophisticated virus, known as Duqu 2.0, was used to hack into venues that hosted the nuclear negotiations in Austria and Switzerland.

Internet security experts in the past have said Duqu appears to have been developed and deployed by Israel, which Israel denies.

In 2010, Stuxnet virus infiltrated Iran’s nuclear sites and caused significant harm.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday Moscow is concerned about a slowdown in the progress of the Iran nuclear talks as the sides are still in deadlock over key issues.

Iran and P5+1 countries - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany - are having nuclear talks over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Western countries have long claimed that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear programme has purely civilian aims.

TRTWorld and agencies