Statement by U.S. Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna Jackie Wolcott on the Passing of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
July 22, 2019
On behalf of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, I express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano upon the sad news of his passing. Director General Amano was greatly respected as an effective leader, diplomat, and true gentleman by the entire staff of the U.S. Mission and by fellow diplomats and civil servants across the United States government.
Much of Mr. Amano’s life was dedicated to international peace, security, and development, not just his decade-long tenure as Director General of the IAEA but also throughout his diplomatic career, which included service in the United States. I consider myself lucky to have known and worked with such a statesman.
On this sad occasion, we grieve with the Director General’s wife Yukika, his family, and all of our colleagues at the IAEA and across the UN system. The United States and all nuclear nonproliferation advocates have lost a great friend, and the United Nations family has lost an exceptional public servant.