June 20, 2021

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International Atomic Energy Agency appoints new director general

Rafael Grossi to lead agency amid stalemate in DPRK nuclear negotiations, ten years after IAEA kicked out of North Korea

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the global governing body responsible for promoting the peaceful use of nuclear technology — and monitoring its nefarious use around the world — appointed a new director general to run the organization on Tuesday, according to an announcement on the IAEA's website.

The new IAEA chief, Rafael Mariano Grossi, is set to take control of the agency at a moment when diplomatic efforts over the fate of North Korea's nuclear weapons program have been stuck for weeks.