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UN calls for Iran to back down in nuclear row

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The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has urged Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions, following a report that it has stepped-up operations. “The Iranian nuclear issue has great implications for peace and stability as well as the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said Ban Ki-Moon. “I urge again that the Iranian government should fully comply with the Security Council as soon as possible.”

The German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, added his concerns to the growing alarm in the West about Iran’s nuclear defiance.

“We certainly believe that we should hold on to the so-called double-track procedure,” he said. “That means on the one hand we should explicitly demand that Iran return to a platform of international trust and fulfil our expectations regarding the cooperation with the IAEA. On the other hand, we should be prepared to resume negotiations.”

The statements were made at a media conference in Vienna, following release of a report that Iran was continuing its uranium enrichment programme.

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