Annan Appeals to Iran to Reply Positively to UN-Backed Offer on Nuclear Issue

“The Secretary-General stressed that in a time of acute crisis in the Middle East, progress on the nuclear issue was essential for the stability not only of the region, but the international system itself. “It is time to take steps in the right direction,” Mr. Annan said. “I am convinced that a way is now open for setting a milestone for international non-proliferation efforts.”

Noting that the EU3 plus 3 had reaffirmed Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the Secretary-General said it was important for Iran to assure the world that its intentions are peaceful, and that it re-builds confidence in its nuclear programme, as both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Security Council had called for.” [More]