Iran needs to prove its nuclear programme is peaceful: UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Iran needs to make progress in the talks about its nuclear programme with the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, collectively known as the P5+1.

That's the message the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon conveyed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during their meeting in the Iranian capital, Teheran, on Wednesday.

Mr. Ban, who is in Iran to attend the summit of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement of developing countries, has been meeting with Iranian leaders.

UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky, is travelling with the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General said he has been following closely Iran's talks with the P5+1. He said he regretted that little tangible progress has been achieved so far during those intensive talks and that the talks needed to be serious and substantive. He said that Iran needed to take concrete steps to address the concerns of the International Atomic Energy Agency and prove to the world that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes."

Duration: 29"

The five permanent members of the Security Council are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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