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POST TIME: 23 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72
AFP, Vienna

UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, has died after suffering poor health for some time, the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday, as international tensions run high over Iran’s nuclear activities.

The longtime Japanese diplomat, who was 72, held the IAEA’s top job since December 2009.

“The secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano,” the IAEA said in a statement, without saying when he died.

But international tensions with Iran have been rising since US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the deal in May 2018.