The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has put on its agenda Iran's motion to implement a series of reforms within the policymaking structure of the agency, Tehran’s ambassador to the IAEA says. In a Tuesday interview on the sidelines of the 56th annual meeting of the IAEA members in the Austrian capital, Vienna, Ali Asghar Soltanieh pointed to Iran's efforts to propose the reforms at the agency over the past years. “Before the commencement of the conference, through a letter to the Director General of the Agency [Yukiya Amano], I called for inclusion of a paragraph about reforms in policymaking and decision-making structure of the agency on the agenda of the conference,” he added.
Soltanieh stated that on the first day of the conference, the paragraph was adopted at the general assembly through consensus and the issue was therefore put on the agenda of the conference.The Iranian ambassador argued that due to serious shortcomings within the policymaking and decision-making system of the Agency and limitations on the number of Board of Governors’ members it is necessary to reform the policymaking structure of the international body. Reforms proposed 20 years ago sought to increase the number of Board of Governors’ members from the existing 35, but the reforms have been delayed so far. ASH/SS