By Diyar Guldogan
ANKARA (AA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Yukiya Amano, passed away at age of 72, the agency announced on Monday.
"The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano," the agency said in a statement.
It said the IAEA flag will be lowered to half-mast.
Amano was Japan's Resident Representative to the Agency from 2005 until his election as director general in July 2009. He assumed his duties as IAEA Director General on Dec. 1, 2009.