Nuclear energy agency remains concerned about Iran and North KoreaListen / The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is urging North Korea and Iran to fully comply with obligations related to their respective nuclear programmes.
Addressing the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said North Korea's statements about conducting a third nuclear test, together with previous declarations including on uranium enrichment activities, were "deeply regrettable."
On Iran, he said the country is not providing the necessary cooperation for the agency to conclude that all nuclear material there is in peaceful activities.
"Given the nature and extent of credible information available to the agency about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme, it remains essential and urgent for Iran to engage with us on the substance of our concerns." (15″)
Amano said his agency also continues to work on a report concerning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan which was damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
An IAEA international mission travelled to Japan in April. A second team will be dispatched later this year.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.