Romanian named as acting boss of UN’s nuclear watchdog
Cornel Feruta takes the helm following the death of Japan’s Yukiya Amano.
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.
Mr Feruta, a Romanian diplomat, is currently the chief coordinator of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.
Cornel Feruta has been designated as IAEA’s acting Director General by the Board of Governors today in Vienna, until a Director General assumes office. https://t.co/hppIvAHsdb pic.twitter.com/3OHWnOixqo— International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg) July 25, 2019
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 Mr Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the IAEA for a decade until his death last week at age 72.
Mr Amano was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.