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UN Nuclear Chief Defends Agency Actions After U.S. Cable Leaks

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Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations nuclear agency’s director general, Yukiya Amano, defended his organization and himself after leaked diplomatic cables showed atomic inspectors shared restricted information with U.S. diplomats.

An International Atomic Energy Agency investigator briefed U.S. diplomats about inspections in Iran and Syria before the Vienna-based agency made the information available to all members, according to a State Department cable on Wikileaks.org. Amano is “solidly in the U.S. court,” London’s Guardian newspaper yesterday cited a separate cable as saying.

“I behaved myself” in accordance with “professional” standards, Amano said today at a press briefing in Vienna. “I tried to be as impartial as possible and maintained good communication.”

The IAEA’s 35-member board of governors is meeting today in the Austrian capital.

Iran’s nuclear program, which has drawn four sets of United Nations sanctions, is at the center of European Union-led talks scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7 in Geneva. Iran has the world’s second-largest oil and natural gas reserves and says it is producing uranium to fuel nuclear reactors. The U.S. and Europe accuse Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at jtirone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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