UN chief calls on Iran to restore trust with international community

UN chief calls on Iran to restore trust with international community
# 04 May 2010 00:54 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday stressed "the urgency and importance for Iran to restore trust with the international community on the peaceful nature of its nuclear program and take action in this regard," a UN readout said, APA reports quoting news.xinhuanet.com web-page.
The secretary-general made the statement in his meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the readout said. "The meeting took place at the request of the Iranian president."
"A number of issues were discussed" by the two who met on the sidelines of the ongoing conference to review the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the readout said.
"He urges resumption of negotiations between Iran and the E3+3, " the readout said, referring to the mechanism engaged in diplomatic talks on the Iranian nuclear issue by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.
"The nuclear fuel supply draft agreement proposed by the IAEA ( International Atomic Energy Agency) provides an opportunity to restore such confidence," it said. "The secretary-general appealed to Iran to adhere to the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors."
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, in his speech to the opening of the Review Conference, said that Iran failed to provide "necessary cooperation" with the UN nuclear watchdog.
"In the case of Iran, the agency continues to verify the non- diversion of declared nuclear material, but remains unable to confirm that all nuclear material is in peaceful activity because Iran has not provide the necessary cooperation," he said.
"I continue to request Iran to take steps towards the full implementation of its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and relevant resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council, and to clarify activities with a possible military dimension," he said.
The secretary-general also asked the Iranian president "to show flexibility in moving the NPT process forward," the readout said.
Meanwhile, the secretary-general "strongly encouraged Iran, as a responsible member of the United Nations, to constructively engage on regional and global issues of mutual concern," it said.