December 25, 2006

Ban Ki-moon


From ANI: UN chief designate urges Iran to resume stalled nuclear talks.

UN Secretary General-designate Ban Ki-moon, in a television interview broadcast Sunday urged Tehran to resume stalled talks with three European powers.

"I urge the Iranian government authorities to engage in negotiation with" Britain, France and Germany, the three countries which led more than two years of fruitless talks with the Iranians to scale back their nuclear ambitions, Ban told a US television before Iran was hit with UN nuclear-related sanctions on Saturday.

"The Iranian nuclear issue has great implications on regional and global issues," said the former South Korean foreign minister who is to succeed Kofi Annan as UN chief on January 1.

On Saturday, the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution, sponsored by Britain, France and Germany, mandating sanctions targeting Iran's sensitive nuclear and ballistic missile programme over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities.

But a defiant Iran vowed Sunday to start work immediately on drastically expanding its capacity to enrich uranium.

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Posted by Forkum at December 25, 2006 06:24 PM