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The 57th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved by acclamation the appointment of its Director General Yukiya Amano to a second 4-year term of office to start on December 1 this year. Mr. Amano said he was "deeply honored" by the Member States' decision and delivered remarks in which he stressed both the challenges and opportunities of nuclear energy and how the IAEA could further contribute to greater cooperation and security throughout the world.
On Nuclear Security, Mr. Amano said "progress has been made," and drew attention to an important item of unfinished business in nuclear security: the ratification of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). "Eight years after its adoption, the Amendment has still not entered into force," he said. The Director General termed the Fukushima Daiichi accident in March 2011 as a "global wake-up call on nuclear safety" and said the IAEA and the world have learned much from this incident. A comprehensive IAEA report on the Fukushima Daiichi accident will be finalized in 2014, added Mr. Amano.
On nuclear verification, Mr. Amano explained the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea) and Iran still have to comply fully with their obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions. "Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable us to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities," the IAEA chief said. Globally speaking, the UN "remains deeply concerned about the risks posed by nuclear proliferation," underlined a message by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the General Conference.
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