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UN atomic watchdog chief calls for talks to resolve Iranian nuclear issue

The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency has called for negotiation and mutual accommodation to achieve a long-term solution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme after the Security Council imposed sanctions and called for a full and sustained suspension of the country’s uranium enrichment activities.

Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran over uranium enrichment

Capping months of intensive negotiations, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously decided to impose a set of sanctions against Iran in response to its uranium-enrichment activities, which Tehran says are for peaceful purposes but which other countries contend are driven by military ambitions.

Iran takes steps 'in right direction' on nuclear issue but IAEA still cannot clarify intent, agency chief says

Iran has agreed to a request by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide access to materials related to its uranium enrichment activities, but cooperation is still too limited for any determination regarding its nuclear ambitions, the head of the Agency told its Board of Governors in Vienna today.

Secretary-General encouraged by ‘slight shift’ in Iran’s position on nuclear talks

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for renewed efforts to reach a negotiated solution to the impasse over Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme, noting that he detected a “slight shift” in the country’s position.

IAEA chief says efforts to assess Iran’s nuclear activities are at an impasse

The Director-General of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today expressed “serious concern” about Iran’s lack of cooperation in allowing investigators to determine whether the country’s nuclear programme is for peaceful or military aims.

Iran has continued uranium enrichment activities, says UN nuclear watchdog

Iran has neither suspended its nuclear enrichment-related activities nor complied with all of its obligations under international non-proliferation agreements, according to a report by the United Nations atomic watchdog which states that further verification of the country’s declarations is difficult because of a lack of transparency from the Iranians.

Iranian president prepared to negotiate on nuclear issue, Annan says

Iran's President is prepared to negotiate on the issue of his country's nuclear ambitions but said he will not suspend uranium enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Tehran following a meeting with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other top officials.

Secretary-General mourns victims of Iran plane crash

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who heads to Iran tomorrow on an official visit, today voiced sadness at the plane crash in Mashhad that reportedly killed scores of people.

Security Council receives UN watchdog’s report on Iran’s nuclear activities

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today sent a new report on Iran to the United Nations Security Council, which has threatened sanctions if the country does not suspend uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and take steps to assure the world that it is not developing nuclear arms.

Annan appeals to Iran to reply positively to UN-backed offer on nuclear issue

Reacting to a signal from Iran that it was set to reply next week to a package of Security Council-backed proposals on resolving the nuclear issue, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to Iran to seize "this historic opportunity" and respond positively to the offer.