Japanese Yukiya Amano has been chosen the next chief of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


Yukiya Amano Is International Atomic Energy Agency Chief
Last Updated: 2009-07-03T14:43:12+05:30
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Yukiya Amano Is International Atomic Energy Agency Chief
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Yukiya Amano
Japanese Yukiya Amano has been chosen the next chief of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Japan has hailed the choice saying that he is from the only nation to have been hit by atomic bomb. 

Amano is a veteran diplomat and emerged victorious at the contest in Vienna. He will be leading the UN Nuclear Supervisory body that will give him a critical role in scrutinising Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

"It is very significant that the head was selected from the only atomic-bombed country," top government spokesman Takeo Kawamura told reporters, specifying that Amano's induction also improved Japan's international profile.

"We hope he will make the IAEA fully perform its role when nuclear disarmament is being called into question," Kawamura said.

Hirofumi Nakasone, Foreign Minister, said that Japan would support Amano in many ways but did not say whether this would include monetary aid to the body. Japan was at the receiving end of the US atomic bomb attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days of World War II in August 1945. The nation gave in a few days after the attacks. Hiroshima Major Tadatoshi Akiba also hailed Amano's win.

"We have high hopes that he will work toward creating a concrete roadmap for abolishing nuclear weapons," Akiba said in a statement.
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