UN nuke chief: More funds needed to monitor Iran

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear agency is asking key members of the organization to provide millions of dollars in extra funding that he says are needed to continue monitoring a deal temporarily restraining Iran’s nuclear programs.

Yukiya Amano says the International Atomic Energy Organization needs 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million.) He spoke Thursday at a special meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation board called to discuss funding needs.

The interim deal was extended last month to allow Tehran and six world powers to continue negotiations on a longer-term agreement that would reduce nuclear activities Iran could use to make weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

With the six powers interested in making a deal, they and like-minded countries are expected to meet Amano’s request.

Tehran denies wanting nuclear arms.

By The Associated Press

 

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