Nuclear agency chief on Iran and DPRK

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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivers introductory statement to the 1413th Board of Governors Meeting in Vienna Photo: Dean Calma/IAEA

The UN nuclear energy agency (IAEA) is reviewing information provided by Iran related to the country's nuclear programme.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano on Monday addressed the agency's board of governors which is meeting in Vienna.

He also reported that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) appears to be furthering its nuclear ambitions.

Dianne Penn reports.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will further verify and monitor Iran's nuclear programme following an agreement reached between the country and international negotiators in July.

The accord includes an additional protocol that allows greater IAEA access to information and sites.

Yukiya Amano is the IAEA Director General:

“Implementation of the additional protocol is an essential prerequisite for the agency to be able to provide, in due course, credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.  Iran has also agreed…to implement additional transparency measures which will help the agency to have a better understanding of Iran's nuclear programme."

The UN nuclear agency and Iran in July signed a "Road-map" for the clarification of outstanding issues related to the country's nuclear programme.

Mr Amano said Iran has provided the agency with explanations and related documents, which it is reviewing.

On the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr Amano reported that knowledge of the nuclear programme there is "limited."

However, satellite monitoring has revealed renovation and construction at the Yongbyon nuclear plant.

Mr Amano said this appears “to be broadly consistent with the DPRK's statements that it is further developing its nuclear capabilities."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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