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IAEA head Amano aims for concrete results after re-election for 3rd term

IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano is seen in Vienna on Sept. 15, 2017. (Mainichi)

VIENNA -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has affirmed that its director-general Yukiya Amano will serve his third four-year term during the agency's annual general assembly that opened here on Sept. 18.

    Speaking before the Japanese media, Amano, 70, said he aspires to achieve concrete results in terms of a response to North Korea's repeated nuclear tests and implementing a nuclear deal between Iran and the six major powers over uranium enrichment and other activities.

    Amano pointed out that North Korea has steadily advanced what it has vowed to do in nuclear weapons development and poses a grave threat to the entire world. He revealed that the IAEA set up an expert team in August to monitor the North's nuclear activities and prepare for any inspections in the future.

    He also noted that the agency will analyze the latest situations using satellites and other technology, train its employees, gather equipment and update inspection plans, so the agency can "promptly carry out an inspection" once a political agreement is reached.

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