Meanwhile, IAEA adopts resolution pressing Iran to provide atomic site access
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an “independent international organization" under the jurisdiction of the United Nations, which seeks to limit the military use of nuclear energy and promote its use for peaceful purposes.
The organization was created in 1957, a year after 81 UN member states approved the IAEA Statute. The Statute outlines the three pillars of the Agency's work - “nuclear verification and security, safety and technology transfer.”
In 1961, the IAEA was initially based in Seibersdorf, Austria, but today is headquartered in Vienna.
The IAEA's relationship with the UN is regulated by special agreement. Under the terms of its Statute, the IAEA reports annually to the UN General Assembly and, when appropriate, to the Security Council regarding non-compliance by States with their safeguards obligations as well as on matters relating to international peace and security.”
The IAEA stepped up its safety efforts in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. At the time, the IAEA was headed by former Swedish Foreign Minister Hans Blix, who served as Director General from 1981 to 1997. Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian national, succeeded Blix and served until November 2009. The IAEA and ElBaradei were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
On July 2, 2009, Yukiya Amano, a Japanese national, was elected by the IAEA's Board of Governors to succeed ElBaradei, defeating Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa and Luis E. Echavarri of Spain. Amano took office on December 1, 2009.
In 2009, the IAEA, headed by ElBaradei, urged Israel, which became an IAEA member state on July 12, 1957, to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel, along with India and Pakistan, are the only countries with nuclear capabilities not to have signed the treaty, although it is only alleged that Israel has nuclear weapons. In August of 2010, Director-General Amano said he was concerned over Iran's plan to produce higher enriched uranium.
IAEA report details suspected activities and materials including 'the possible presence...of natural uranium in the form of a metal disc' at a site that 'underwent extensive sanitization and leveling in 2003 and 2004'
The agency is policing Iran's troubled nuclear deal with major powers, saying Iran is not cooperating in its investigations into the country's nuclear activities
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A spokesman for Iran's atomic agency said the government 'legally speaking' had done nothing wrong in stopping the female inspector from touring its Natanz nuclear facility
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Tehran isn't complying with international inspectors at a warehouse that was identified by Netanyahu last year, Bloomberg report indicates
The incident at Natanz, the site of a nuclear enrichment plant, was the believed to be the first of its kind since a 2015 deal reigning in Iran's nuclear program was signed. 'There is a real concern that it will harm' future inspections, a European diplomat says.
IAEA director general dies the day he was expected to announce he would step down due to an illness, leaving the question of who will succeed him open
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The African Union and Ethiopia made intensive efforts to mediate between the parties following weeks of deadly clashes since Bashir's ouster
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'The agency sends inspectors to sites and locations only when needed. The agency uses all safeguards relevant to information available to it but it does not take any information at face value'
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The Institute for Science and International Security looked into a 2015 report alleging that Syria was building another reactor – publishing their findings a day after Israel claimed responsibility for 2007 attack
International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano says his organization was 'in constant touch' with the U.S., but has yet to hear from Trump administration on their concerns.
Nuclear watchdog says Iran was just above the limit of 130 tons on its heavy water stock set by the deal with world powers.
'There shouldn't be any surprises for anyone. Iran continues to honor its commitments,' a senior diplomat says. 'At this point in time it's clearly below the 300 kg limit. It's not close to making us nervous.'
Tehran denies having a hand in Robert Levinson's disappearance almost nine years ago; his family is 'devastated' he is not among the prisoners released.
Israel responds to UN agency declaration with skepticism; with lifting of sanctions, tens of billions of dollars' worth of Iranian assets will be unfrozen.
Iranian foreign minister to meet with John Kerry and EU's Federica Mogherini in Vienna before releasing statement on deal's implementation.
Report, which would pave the way for sanctions on Iran to be lifted, is nearly completed, diplomatic source in Vienna says.
Iranian president welcomes IAEA closure of investigation as political victory, says implementation of deal to begin in '2-3 weeks.'
IAEA report said Iran did work relevant for nuclear bomb, yet world powers want to push ahead with nuclear deal struck in July.
Israel welcomes assessment by IAEA, which says most 'coordinated' work on developing such arms was done before 2003, with some activities continuing up to 2009.
Fate of the Arak plant was one of the toughest sticking points in the negotiations that led to an agreement in July.