WikiLeaks cable portrays IAEA chief as in US court concerning Iran nuclear program
The new chief of the UN nuclear agency, Yukiya Amano, is portrayed in leaked US diplomatic cables as “solidly in the US court” on Iran. A 2009 American diplomatic cable indicates Amano to be in lockstep with key aspects of US policy.
The cable reportedly stated: “Amano reminded [the] ambassador on several occasions that he would need to make concessions to the G-77 [the developing countries group], which correctly required him to be fair-minded and independent, but that he was solidly in the US court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.”
Washington charges that Iran is using its nuclear power program to mask a weapons drive. The US has for years sought to undermine Tehran’s nuclear efforts, politically and covertly, while also repeatedly suggesting that US or Israeli military action was possible.
Americans also criticized Amano’s predecessor, Egyptian diplomat Mohammad ElBaradei, for being too soft on Iran, listening too closely to Iranian arguments, and sometimes stepping in as a mediator.
A previous US cable from July 2009 describes how Amano saw his role as different from that of ElBaradei. Amano saw the top post as a “neutral and impartial party to Iran’s safeguards agreement rather than as ‘an intermediary’ ” the cable states.
John Large, an independent nuclear expert in London says, “For Iran, it really does mean that they don’t have a representative, they clearly don’t have the ear of anyone at the IAEA.”
[Excerpts from Christian Science Monitor article]