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Romanian official appointed UN nuclear agency’s interim boss

July 25, 2019
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General view of the board of governors meeting for a tribute to the late Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The IAEA announced the death of the agency's Director General Yukiya Amano at the age of 72 years. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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General view of the board of governors meeting for a tribute to the late Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The IAEA announced the death of the agency's Director General Yukiya Amano at the age of 72 years. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has appointed senior official Cornel Feruta as its acting director-general pending the naming of a permanent successor to the late Yukiya Amano.

Feruta, a Romanian diplomat, is currently the chief coordinator of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA said its board of governors designated him as the agency’s interim leader on Thursday to ensure its “orderly and smooth functioning” until a long-term replacement is in place.

The board earlier Thursday held a minute of silence for Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the IAEA for a decade until his death last week at age 72. Amano was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

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