Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader commented on the situation in Syria, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran, according to its beliefs and religious teachings, is ready to make every effort to help resolve the Syrian crisis.”
“But the resolution of the Syrian crisis has one (reasonable) condition, which is the prevention of the shipment of weaponry to irresponsible groups in Syria,” he added.
TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit being hosted by Iran.
It is the first time that Ban is visiting Iran. He plans to hold meetings with senior Iranian officials and make a visit to Isfahan.Israel and the U.S. had put great pressure on Ban to cancel visit to Iran.
TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and top officials, including heads of state and government or vice presidents, are arriving in Tehran to participate in the 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit being hosted by Iran. The summit of NAM heads of state or government starts on Thursday and ends on Friday.
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc. As of 2012, the movement has 120 members and 17 observer countries.
TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) – Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Wednesday that if United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wishes he can visit Iran’s nuclear facilities, saying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given the permission for such a visit.
Ban arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit.
Salehi said the guests at the NAM summit have the choice to visit the cities of Isfahan, Tabriz, Shiraz or industrial centers like Assalouyeh or auto manufacturing companies, and scientific or research centers like the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
“Mr. Ban Ki-moon also can visit nuclear facilities if he wishes. The president has given the permission for his visit,” Salehi told reporters on the sidelines of the NAM foreign ministerial meeting.
TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the United Nations should not pull punches on the issue of total nuclear disarmament.
“Do not show leniency toward any power in regard to the issue of nuclear disarmament and properly use the opportunity that has been provided to you,” the Leader said in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who came to Iran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran insists on (its) stance (regarding the establishment of) a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, and the United Nations should make serious efforts to allay the current concerns about nuclear weapons,” the Leader added.
The Leader also said, “Unfortunately, the (structure) of the United Nations is flawed, and the most tyrannical powers in the world, which possess nuclear weapons and have a record of using them, have dominated the United Nations.”
“The Americans are fully aware that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and are only seeking pretexts,” he stated. (see link for full article)
Iran on Thursday will lift the curtain on a summit of non-aligned states it presented as a diplomatic triumph, but the event threatened being upstaged by intensified UN scrutiny of its nuclear programme.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in Tehran, spent the eve of the summit telling Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad they needed to provide "concrete" steps to ease the showdown over their country's disputed atomic activities.
Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency has unveiled the creation of a special Iran "task force" to scrutinise Tehran's nuclear programme and its compliance with UN resolutions -- including those demanding a suspension of uranium enrichment.
Additionally, the latest IAEA report on Iran's nuclear progress was expected to be released within days -- possibly even in the middle of the Tehran summit, according to some sources at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna.
The report is said to highlight expanded enrichment in Iran and suspicions concerning an off-limits military base in Parchin, outside Tehran, where warhead design experiments might have taken place.
Iran, which insists its nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful, was focused on presenting the summit of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran as proof that Western attempts to isolate it had been in vain.
The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran's nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.
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