Military solution not an option to resolve Iran nuclear crisis, says Ban

IAEA Board of Governors

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon says he is seriously concerned about reports that Iran's nuclear programme could veer towards a military nature.

The International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA, which is based in Vienna, submitted a report indicating Iran has carried out activities that suggest it is close to developing nuclear weapons.

Iran repeatedly denies this, saying its nuclear programme is being used to generate electricity.

However, the West is concerned that a nuclear-armed Iran could spark a regional arms race and the weapons could be used to threaten Israel.

Israel, in the past, has hinted at using military action against Iran, if sanctions do not produce desired results.

Meantime, Martin Nesirky, Ban Ki-moon's Spokesperson, says a negotiated solution is the only to resolve the issue.

"The Secretary-General notes with serious concern information that indicates Iran has carried out activities that point to a possible military dimension to its nuclear programme. He emphasizes again that the onus is on Iran to prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. He reiterates his call for Iran's compliance with all the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Secretary-General reiterates his belief that a negotiated rather than a military solution is the only way to resolve this issue."

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