Tuesday, May 22, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

UN nuclear watchdog chief inspector Tero Varjoranta resigns

IAEA's Tero Varjoranta steps down three days after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The chief of inspections at the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has resigned.

The sudden resignation of Tero Varjoranta was announced on Friday in a statement by the agency, adding that he had been replaced by Massimo Aparo, a nuclear engineer and former acting director of the Office for Verification in Iran, according to the IAEA statement.

The IAEA did not offer details on the reasons for the changes.

The departure of Varjoranta, who held the post since October 2013, comes three days after the United States announced it was quitting the nuclear accord with Iran.

As the body's deputy director general and head of the safeguards department, Varjoranta had been responsible for policing the deal in Iran and was highly regarded.

Under the accord signed in Vienna with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the UK, the US, Germany, and the European Union - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons.

The IAEA is policing those restrictions and said on Wednesday, that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully.

"Iran is subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime," Director General Yukiya Amano said.

"As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran."


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Mike Pompeo lays out steep terms fo...

Read More

US to investigate 'FBI spying' on T...

Read More

Maduro tipped for re-election in Ve...

Read More

Man's leg shattered by lava spatter...

Read More

Vote under way in Venezuela electio...

Read More

Report: Trump Jr met Gulf states en...

Read More

Global_News

Nabih Berri, holding the position of assembly speaker since 1992, is widely expected to be reappointed in first session.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

Palestinians in Gaza 'massacre'