Yukiya Amano is dead. Will the West seize control of the IAEA?


The IAEA, with the late Director General, Yukiya Amano, was one of the few international non-politicized organizations. If now the West manages to bend it under itself, a fake excuse for a war with Iran will not take long to wait.

The flag is lowered above the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. When the Japanese CEO, Yukiya Amano, who passed away at 73, was one of the few non-politicized professional international organizations. The disease, from which the Japanese diplomat, who has been deeply respected in the world, died, is being specified. Earlier it was reported that Amano could leave early the post of Agency Director General in March 2020 for health reasons.

The flow of condolences is striking with sincerity and the pain of loss, because in a world where there are almost no independent, unbiased, professional international organizations, the IAEA was an exception. Amano, an objective, honest, self-respecting and true professional, who no longer exists, had a great merit in this.

High professional

Yukiya Amano was not only an honest man, but also a rare expert in the case he was involved in. In various years, he headed the department of the Japanese Foreign Ministry for Science and Atomic Energy. He was deputy head of the Japanese delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He held the post of deputy general director of the department of arms control and science at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He headed the group of nuclear security in the G-7, the department of science, disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons of the Japanese Foreign Ministry. He was the Permanent Representative of Japan to the IAEA and other international organizations in Vienna. He has served as chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors.

In 2009, he was elected Director General of the Agency. In 2013, re-elected for a second term, in 2017 - for a third. He was able to achieve an increase in the IAEA budget from 318 million dollars in 2010 to 371 million in 2019. Under his leadership, the Agency dealt with the aftermath of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Amano made an enormous contribution to the success of Iran’s negotiations with the six international mediators, during which the SAPA on the Iranian nuclear program was agreed upon.

Amano’s last stage as head of the IAEA was at a time when another, once authoritative, international structure - the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) became the mouthpiece of Western countries and engaged in frank service of their political and geopolitical interests.

What's next?

It will largely depend on who occupies the vacant post, whether the West will succeed in implanting “his” person on him. Therefore, the most important task for Russia and those non-Western countries, which value the objectivity of the IAEA and are not going to abandon their independent foreign policy, is the election of Amano’s successor.

No one has officially announced his candidacy for the post of Director General of the IAEA. It is also necessary to decide who will temporarily lead the Agency. This was announced on Monday by Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov.

He did not say whether Moscow has its own candidate or leader, to whom Russia sympathizes and from whom we can expect the continuation of the noble course of Amano. As for the procedure of electing his successor, the prerogative of determining the candidacy of the new director belongs to the IAEA Board of Governors, and its general conference, held annually in September, confirms.

Let us hope that the West will not succeed in crushing another reputable international organization. However, for this, the new head of the IAEA should not be like the ex-UN Secretary General of the Korean Ban Ki-moon, who resembled the program of the US State Department, a computer function and sometimes was not even perceived as a living person.

Let us see whether Russia and other countries that do not want to obey the West can rid the IAEA of politicization and thereby preserve it as an international organization. Because the more “successful” the West will press down on them one by one, the sooner the united world will split into closed geopolitical blocks, among which the western will not be the largest and strongest in the future.

This goal also has a purely practical, concrete task: not to allow the IAEA to be drawn into the US intrigues against Iran, which could end in a big war in the Middle East, including with the use of atomic weapons, the disastrous consequences of which will go far beyond the region.