IAEA chief Yukiya Amano re-appointed to four-year term

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Yukiya Amano, while as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has led the watchdog toward a more aggressive stance on Iran’s uranium enrichment program, was appointed to a second term this week.

A Japanese diplomat with decades of experience, Amano succeeded Mohamed ElBaradei at the helm of the IAEA in 2009. Western powers often accused ElBaradei of being too soft on Iran. Cables leaked in 2010 by U.S. soldier Bradley Manning to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks described Amano as “solidly in the U.S. court” on key issues including Iran, according to a report from Reuters.

Amano was re-appointed by acclimation and uncontested to a second term running from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2017.

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