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    Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center in Vienna, Austria

    IAEA Chief to Stand for 3rd Term as Nuclear Watchdog’s Director General

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    The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tuesday he would accept nomination for a third term in office, in a key note speech at the Vienna headquarters.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) Yukiya Amano’s term as director general at the UN nuclear watchdog expires in December 2017, but the formal election process by IAEA member states begins this year.

    "In order to offer much-needed continuity, I would be very happy to serve another term should Member States continue to place their confidence in me," Amano said.

    The veteran Japanese diplomat admitted that several member states of the 167-nation organization had encouraged him to run for a third term. A formal communication on the nomination will be made in due time, he said.

    In July, IAEA celebrated a major victory when Iran agreed to scale down its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions easing. The watchdog confirmed last week that Tehran complied with its key obligations.

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