Amano re-elected for second term as IAEA chief

Japan's Yukiya Amano was re-elected for a second term on Wednesday as the director general of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency amid international concerns about Iran's development of a nuclear program.

Four years earlier, the IAEA needed six rounds of voting to select Amano as developing countries worried he would be too pro-Western. This time around, Amano was approved for a second term by the consensus of all 159 IAEA members without a vote taking place, AFP reports.

"He not only succeeded in the sense that he carried out the agenda which his supported countries on the board wanted him to do, but at the same time he also overcame the challenge of facing angry and disappointed, disgruntled developing countries," Mark Hibbs, an IAEA-watcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said, according to AFP.

Amano's biggest challenge during his second term will be the same as his first: concerns that Iran wants to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program. Iran said that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has the right to develop the civilian nuclear program. In response, the IAEA said that because of a lack of cooperation, it is unable to conclude that all of Iran's nuclear material is being used for peaceful activities.

Iran recently suggested that progress was made between Tehran and major world powers to come to a deal.

On Monday, Amano said that he was not aware of any progress, AFP reports.