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Friday 23 August 2019

Romanian named as acting boss of UN’s nuclear watchdog

Cornel Feruta takes the helm following the death of Japan’s Yukiya Amano.

General view of the board of governors meeting for a tribute to the late director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan (Ronald Zak/AP)
General view of the board of governors meeting for a tribute to the late director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan (Ronald Zak/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has appointed senior official Cornel Feruta as its acting director-general pending the naming of a permanent successor to the late Yukiya Amano.

Mr Feruta, a Romanian diplomat, is currently the chief coordinator of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA said its board of governors designated him as the agency’s interim leader on Thursday to ensure its “orderly and smooth functioning” until a long-term replacement is in place.

The board earlier Thursday held a minute of silence for Mr Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the IAEA for a decade until his death last week at age 72.

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A book of condolence in front of a portrait photo of the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano (Ronald Zak/AP)

Mr Amano was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

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