UN Deadline for Iran passes, Ban calls nuclear issues a “very serious concern”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Iran’s government to full comply with the SG and answer to the international community concerning their pursuit for nuclear technology.

Last December the 15-member Council imposed sanctions on Tehran, maintaining that Iran’s nuclear programme was aimed at weapons production, a claim the Government consistently denies.

“Again, taking this opportunity, I would strongly urge the Iranian authorities to comply, first of all fully with the Security Council resolution, and continue to negotiate with the international community.”

But Iran’s leaders say they plan to press ahead:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that Iran had a right to pursue nuclear technology and “will continue our work to reach our right in the shortest possible time,” according to the ISNA news agency. Speaking in Siahkal in northern Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad said,

“Obtaining this technology is very important for our country’s development and honour.”