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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 19, 2013 1:29 pm

Diplomats: Top aide to UN nuke chief resigns

By GEORGE JAHNAssociated Press

Diplomats say a top aide to the chief of the U.N. nuclear agency has unexpectedly resigned, suggesting tensions among the organization's top leadership.

The move comes at a critical time for the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is the outside world's only window on Iran's nuclear program, which some nations fear may be turned toward making weapons.

Two diplomats told The Associated Press Friday that Rafael Mariano Grossi, handed in his resignation this week to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.

Grossi, of Argentina, was touted by some diplomats as a possible successor to Amano, who was re-elected for a second term earlier this year.

Both diplomats demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss confidential IAEA information.

Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful and denies interest in atomic arms.