UN chief Kofi Annan has said patience will be more efficient than sanctions in answer to Iran’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment. The Secretary General has been visiting Tehran for talks on the nuclear standoff and to shore up support for a UN-backed ceasefire in Lebanon.
The visit came two days after Iran failed to meet a UN deadline to suspend its controversial nuclear programme. The Security Council’s permanent members will discuss the issue next week with Washington expected to call for urgent sanctions. With regards to Lebanon, Iranian foreign affairs minister Manuchehr Mottaki has pledged full cooperation in implementing the UN resolution.