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IAEA Nuclear Watchdog Chief Yukiya Amano Died at 72

Published: July 22, 2019; 08:42 · Updated: July 24; 13:00 · (Vindobona)

The boss of the Vienna-based IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano is dead. The Japanese was 72 years old. The longtime Japanese diplomat held the IAEA's top job since December 2009. The cause of his death is unclear. According to IAEA, Amano passed away as a result of his illness. Amano’s death comes at a time of increasing concerns and escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano succeeded in positioning the UN authority as a respected arbitrator in the nuclear dispute with Iran. His death comes at a time of increasing concerns and escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. / Picture: © IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA plays a central role in the fight against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Among other things, it monitors compliance with the international nuclear treaty with Iran and is responsible for monitoring the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Yukiya Amano has headed the IAEA since 2009.

His mandate as IAEA Director General lasted until 2021.

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