The International Atomic Energy Agency will nearly double the
number of people it has working on Iran as a result of the
six-month accord, IAEA chief Yukiya told an extraordinary
meeting of the body's 35-nation governing board.
Amano said the interim accord — which took effect on Monday and
under which Iran will get relief from some economic sanctions — was an "important step forward towards achieving a comprehensive
solution" to the decade-old nuclear dispute.
But, he added: "there is still a long way to go".
"We will need to nearly double the staff resources devoted to
verification in Iran," Amano said. "We will need to
significantly increase the frequency of the verification
activities which we are currently conducting."
In the deal with the United States, France, Germany, Britain,
China and Russia, Iran agreed to suspend its most sensitive
nuclear activity in exchange for a limited easing of sanctions
that are battering its oil-dependent economy.
In a confidential report to member states last week, the IAEA
estimated the increased workload as a result of the deal would
cost around 6 million euros.
Of that amount, "extrabudgetary voluntary contributions of about
5.5 million euros are needed," the report said. Diplomats said
they did not expect any difficulties in raising the money in
view of the political importance of the issue.
Amano told the board: "I call upon countries which are in a
position to do so to make the necessary funding available."
The U.S. envoy to the IAEA, Joseph Macmanus, told reporters the
United States would provide a "substantive" contribution,
without giving a figure, and said that other IAEA members at the
meeting had also agreed to provide additional resources.
(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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