Iran should finally “understand the message” that it needs to do more to address global concerns that it wants the bomb, following the U.N. atomic agency’s latest board resolution, the watchdog’s chief told AFP.
“I hope that Iran clearly understands the message and engages with us on substance,” International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano said in an interview.
“This is our objective.... For Iran, cooperating with the IAEA should be in their interest,” the 65-year-old Japanese career diplomat, agency head since December 2009, said Thursday at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters.
On Thursday the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors approved with a crushing majority a resolution of “serious concern” about Iran’s nuclear activities, which Tehran insists are peaceful.
The IAEA however says repeatedly that it cannot vouch for this, and the U.N. Security Council has passed six resolutions against Iran, four of them with sanctions attached.
In a wide-ranging interview, Amano also said that he was “available" for a second four-year term and that the world should “not relax” on nuclear safety despite improvements since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in his home country.
“I’m in good health, and you can see it. I’m not looking for a new job. And I'm available for the next term,” he said.