In a new twist to its refusal to share with Left parties the full text of safeguards agreement reached with IAEA, Congress on Wednesday said that divulging such a "confidential" information with the communist parties could expose the country's nuclear reactors to terror threat.
"At a time when international terrorism is at its height, documents containing clauses of confidentiality cannot be divulged," Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari told reporters in New Delhi when asked why the government was not accepting the Left's demand for sharing the text of the agreement with them.
"Why doesn't the Left understand that in days of terrorism, possibility of nuclear terrorism make the country vulnerable? Left should understand why the government is reluctant and cannot share the entire information with them," he added.
Arguing further, the Congress spokesman said, "How can a sovereign government divulge that information to people who are not part of it?"
His comments came in response to questions by the Left parties as to why the government was keeping the text of the agreement reached with IAEA secret.
To a question, Tiwari said Article 15 of the IAEA agreement makes it a confidential one and bars the government from putting it in the public domain.