TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday asked Iran to show that it is pursuing a peaceful nuclear program, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
At a press conference on the last day of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran, Ban told reporters before his departure that he had negotiations with Iranian officials about the country's nuclear issue and he asked the country's officials to take some measures to show that the Islamic republic is pursuing peaceful nuclear activities, according to ISNA.
NAM meetings in Tehran are an "opportunity" for Iran to play its moderate and peace-seeking role in the world, he said, adding that Iran should prove it is a civilized country, is interested in dialog among civilizations and wants the region free from Weapons of Mass Destruction.
"It is the time for every country to accept the responsibility of its measures and to move in the path of peace in the world," said Ban.
The UN chief said he expects that Iran will help the global and regional peace and security through dialog and diplomacy.
On Thursday, in the opening ceremony of the NAM summit in Tehran, Ban urged Iran to remove international concerns over its controversial nuclear program.
Meanwhile, an IAEA report said on Thursday that Iran has expanded its potential capacity to refine uranium in an underground site by doubling its centrifuges from 1,064 to 2,140.
According to the latest quarterly report on Iran's disputed nuclear program, Iran is continuing its uranium enrichment and has hid 2,140 centrifuges in Fordow facility, of which 696 were operating.
The UN nuclear watchdog also urged Iran to immediately open the Parchin Military Base to UN inspectors to clarify its nuclear program.
In response to the report, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Friday that the recent report of the IAEA on Iran's Parchin Military Base lacks "technical significance," ISNA reported.
The West, concerned about Tehran's nuclear ambitions, accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the cover of peaceful purposes, a charge denied by Iran.
TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit opened in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iran to remove international concerns over its controversial nuclear program.
"For the safety of the region and the world, Iran should take measures and build mutual trust to remove international concerns, which can be done through cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," said Ban. Full story
TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Friday that the recent report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's Parchin Military Base lacks "technical significance," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
An IAEA report said Thursday that Iran has expanded its potential capacity to refine uranium in an underground site by doubling its centrifuges from 1,064 to 2,140 and it has cleansed another site where the agency suspected the country had conducted explosive experiments linked to production of nuclear weapons. Full story