UN nuclear agency to increase verification activities in Iran

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Yukiya Amano

The United Nations nuclear agency needs to increase its activities to verify that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons programme.

That's what Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told its Board of Directors in Vienna, Austria, on Friday.

He reminded the Board that on 24 November 2013 China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed on a Joint Plan of Action with Iran.

Mr. Amano said under the plan the IAEA has the task of monitoring and verifying the measures to be implemented by Iran.

"We will need to nearly double the staff resources devoted to verification in Iran. We will need to significantly increase the frequency of the verification activities which we are currently conducting. Our inspectors will need access to additional locations. We will have to acquire and install more safeguards equipment and analyse more samples. And the volume of analytical work and reporting will increase." (29")

Mr. Amano told the IAEA's Board of Directors that this additional effort will result in increased cost estimated at six million Euros over the next six months.

The head of IAEA called on the countries which are in a position to do so to make the necessary funding available.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'38"

 

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