“Amano’s tough line highlights IAEA divide seen during election”

“Amano’s tough line highlights IAEA divide seen during election”
March 1, 2010
     At the first IAEA Board of Governors meeting since starting his term, Director General Yukiya Amano stated that the agency continued to verify “the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran” but was unable to confirm that “all nuclear material in Iran” was being used in peaceful activities due to a lack of Iranian cooperation [emphases in original statement] (IAEA). Amano’s new “tougher line”, first indicated in the agency’s February report, has been welcomed by many Western analysts but has led Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to accuse the IAEA of lacking independence from the US and “some other countries”.
     Borzou Daragahi writes that Tehran has “dropped its previous deference” to the agency and is criticizing Amano specifically to apply pressure. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called the new director general “a nonstarter and a novice” and senior MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi made a pointed reference to Amano’s contentious election victory last year (Los Angeles Times).
     The Non-Aligned Movement also prepared a statement criticizing the February report for its language and its exclusion of Iran’s responses on “several issues”, and suggests the report was influenced by “undue political pressure” (Press TV).
IAEA | Los Angeles Times | Press TV

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