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Iran UN atomic agency chief appeals for funds to extend monitoring mission

Speaking at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting this morning in Vienna, Director General Amano Yukiya Amano told the IAEA’s 35-nation board about the need for voluntary budget contributions and reiterated that the agency remains committed to working with Iran to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.“The Joint Plan of Action is aimed at achieving a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful,” Mr. Amano said , noting the nuclear-related monitoring and verification work that the Agency has been undertaking.Last month, the seven countries agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action to 30 June 2015. They asked the Agency to continue its existing work and to undertake some additional activities under the Plan, with an estimate of the cost of the monitoring and verification work totalling some 5.5 million euros.“Our work in relation to the Joint Plan of Action has involved a significant increase in the frequency of the Agency’s in-field verification activities, including at additional locations,” Mr. Amano said, adding that the IAEA had to procure and install more safeguards equipment, undertake more sample analysis and carry out more analytical work.“We can fund around half a million euros through re-prioritization of our work, re-scheduling of activities and re-allocation of staff. A further 0.4 million euros are expected to be available from previous contributions. But 4.6 million euros in voluntary extra-budgetary contributions will still be required,” Mr. Amano said. Today, Mr. Amano invited Member States to make the necessary funding available as soon as possible, in order to ensure smooth continuation of activities. The Agency is committed to working with Iran to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme, he said. read more

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