UN chief calls for peaceful solution of Iran nuclear dispute

September 18, 2007 22:08

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iran on Tuesday to cooperate fully with the UN nuclear agency and the UN Security Council to settle the dispute over its nuclear program, saying the United Nations wants a peaceful solution. Ban was responding to a question about French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner's comments Sunday that the world community must be prepared for "the worst" - the possibility of war - if the nuclear standoff continues. "I have stated publicly many times my position and United Nations' position on Iranian nuclear issues," he said. "As a matter of principle, all the pending issues ... should be resolved through dialogue in a peaceful manner. (Those are) very, very important principles which (the) United Nations is seeking."

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