Yukiya Amano is a 62 year-old Japanese multilateral disarmament specialist, a diplomatic branch in which he has worked for the past 36 years.He took part in the 1995 Non-Proliferation Treaty talks, the Nuclear Test BAn treaty the following year, and the Biological Weapons Convention in 2001. He believes the fact that he is Japanese gives him a unique and tragic distinction outlook on the International Atomic Energy Agency. Amano said: “I come from a country that has the experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and I have a firm commitment to non-proliferation, and this commitment will be reflected. I do not mean that Mr. Minty (another candidate) is different, but I am from the country of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and that is a very particular point in my candidacy.” He has a reputation as a reserved technocrat, close to the US and the Europeans where Iran is concerned. He is committed to following the UN’s technical mandate for the IAEA: inspections to avoid proliferation, and the encouragement of nuclear energy. This management brief is designed to “de-politicise” the IAEA after the 12-year mandate of Amano’s predecessor, whose positions often irritated Washington and its closest allies. But it did not prevent the agency winning the Nobel peace prize four years ago.
Disarmament veteran new head of IAEA