UN nuclear chief says "urgent" for Iran to address concerns
VIENNA (REUTERS) - The UN nuclear chief told Iran on Monday that it was "essential and urgent" for it to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research, signalling his hope that the new government in Tehran will stop stonewalling his inspectors.
Mr Yukiya Amano was addressing a session of the UN agency's 35-nation board, the first since relative moderate Hassan Rouhani took office as Iranian president in early August, raising cautious optimism of progress in the nuclear dispute.
Mr Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the IAEA was committed to working constructively with Mr Rouhani's government to "resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means".
His carefully chosen words underlined international hopes that Mr Rouhani's administration will be less confrontational in its dealings with the outside world than his hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.