International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano appears sure to get another four years on the job following consensus approval on Wednesday from the U.N. organization's 35-nation governing board, Agence France-Presse reported.
Amano faced no competition in his pursuit of a second term. The final decision will be made in September by all 159 IAEA member states, and the Japanese diplomat's next term would begin in December.
"I am deeply grateful for the trust that the Board of Governors placed in me once again," Amano said to journalists. "The challenges are many and huge. ... I like my job and enjoy my job, and I am very happy to do good in the world and make a difference."
Amano will continue to face a major challenge in Iran, which has criticized his handling of a probe into the nation's contested nuclear program. The sides have spent more than a year trying to set the terms for a renewed investigation into suspicions that Tehran might have pursued operations relevant to development of nuclear weapons. The Iranian leadership says its atomic sector has no military intent.
"There have been some ups and downs," Reuters quoted Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the agency, as saying of Amano. "We really expect and hope that he will change the course of action."