The Latest: Iranian diplomat commends Amano's competence

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano of Japan addresses the media during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center in Vienna, Austria. The IAEA said Monday, July 22, 2019, it is announcing with regret the death of Amano. The Secretariat did not say how Amano, who was 72, died. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA — The Latest on reaction to the death of Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Iran's deputy foreign minister has expressed his condolences over the death of Yukiya Amano, who oversaw the U.N. nuclear watchdog that oversaw Iran's enrichment activities.

Seyed Abbas Araghchi has tweeted that he had worked very closely with Amano and has commended his skills and professionalism on the job as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He said their work together confirmed Iran's full compliance with Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear accord Iran struck with world powers in 2015 that's unraveling under pressure from the Trump administration. The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord a year ago and Iran has recently inched past limits of its uranium enrichment set out in the accord.

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11 a.m.

The European Union's foreign policy chief has expressed sadness over the death of Yukiya Amano, the International Atomic Energy Agency's director general.

Federica Mogherini tweeted Monday that she was saddened by Amano's death and called him "a man of extraordinary dedication & professionalism, always at the service of the global community in the most impartial way."

Amano, a former Japanese diplomat, had extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues, and had been chief of the key agency that regulates nuclear issues worldwide since 2009.

The news of his death comes at a time of increasing concern and escalating tensions about Iran's nuclear program after the United States left a landmark 2015 deal with world powers that restricted Iran's nuclear uranium enrichment program.

Mogherini said it had been a "great pleasure and privilege working with him."

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9:20 a.m.

Yukiya Amano, the International Atomic Energy Agency's director general, has died at 72, the agency announced Monday.

Amano, a former Japanese diplomat, had extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues, and had been chief of the key agency that regulates nuclear issues worldwide since 2009.

The news of his death comes at a time of increasing concern and escalating tensions about Iran's nuclear program after the United States left a 2015 deal with world powers that restricted the country's nuclear uranium enrichment. Amano was heavily involved in the years-long negotiations that led to the Iran nuclear treaty.

The Secretariat did not give a cause of death for Amano, or say when he died. The IAEA said its flag will be lowered to half-mast.

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