The United Nations’ Nuclear Watchdog Head Yukiya Amano will step down in March 2019 for health issue, said diplomatic sources, as the agency steers verification of the progressively fragile Iran Nuclear Deal.
A Diplomat, who spoke about anonymity condition told the source that “an official statement about his departure is expected next week.”
Yukiya Amano has been the Director-General of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) since 2009 and his latest mandate had been due to operate until 2021.
But the 72-year-old Japanese man is seeking to step down over health issues, reports another diplomat, also on anonymity condition.
On Wednesday, the IAEA has refused to comment only said that Mr. Amano was in contact with the members of the probe agency’s governor board “regarding his future plans.”
The Vienna-based agency’s press office informed that “he will make a formal communication to the board at an appropriate time.”
Last week, he had missed a special board meeting called at the request of the United States after it has confirmed that Iran had broken two limits in landmark 2015 Nuclear Deal, called the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).
In September 2018, Mr. Amano has missed a board meeting of governors and also the agency’s general conference after underwent a medical procedure outside of Austria.
In total, the agency has 171 member states but it will be for 35 members of its governor’s board to nominate a new head.
The IAEA encourages peaceful uses of atomic energy, for example in scientific research, which manage efforts to prevent and detect the proliferation of possible nuclear weapons.
In 2018, President Trump has pulled the US out of the JCPOA and re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran.
The other notable parties – France, China, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom are still working hard to protect it.
Since the start of this month, Iran has started to expand its stockpile of enriched uranium and the enrichment level beyond the limits set in the JCPOA.
However, it continued that it will back the measure if the other parties to the grant to do more to reduce the crash on the US Sanctions.