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Ban Ki-Moon's concern on Iran nuclear issue

01-26-2012 13:15 BJT

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has addressed the issue of Iran's disputed nuclear program. He says it’s up to the authorities in Tehran to prove that their atomic research is for purely peaceful purposes, as Iran has always insisted. The Secretary-General has also called for a ceasefire in the war of words between the US and Iran over the Strait of Hormuz.

He said: "The onus is on the Iranian side to prove that their nuclear development programme is genuinely for peaceful purposes. I am concerned by the most recent report of the International Atomic Energy Agency indicating that their program has something to be related with a military dimension."

"I have been urging the concerned parties to first of all try to defuse the tension. These rhetorics are not helpful. This is a very important area for international trade and commerce, the Strait of Hormuz, so the free passage of any ships in open seas should be respected and protected in accordance with the relevant provisions of the law of the sea."

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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