Amano, 62, handled nuclear proliferation issues for the Foreign Ministry for three decades. He joined the IAEA’s 35-member board of governors in September 2005 and was elected the agency’s director general in July.

Amano assumes his post two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet ordered Iran’s nuclear agency to begin building 10 uranium enrichment sites within two months, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. Iran says the fuel is for civilian use while the U.S. claims it is for weapons development.

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