Ban condemns mosque suicide bombing in Iran

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns in the strongest possible terms the suicide bombing at a mosque in Chabahar, Iran, according to a statement issued today by his spokesperson.

Chair of UN monitoring body voices concern at violations of Iran sanctions

The chair of the United Nations committee monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme voiced deep concern today that violations of the sanctions are continuing.

Iran again fails to provide proof nuclear programme is purely peaceful, UN warns

On the eve of renewed talks between Iran and a six-nation group on its nuclear programme, a top United Nations official reported today that Tehran has still not provided the necessary proof that its activities are purely peaceful and not for military purposes.

UN human rights chief concerned at Iran’s ‘crackdown’ on activists

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the fate of human rights defenders in Iran, whose situation she says is becoming increasingly difficult.

Human rights dominate Ban’s talks with Iranian official

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a range of human rights issues today with the head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, Mohammad Javed Ardeshir Larijani, at United Nations Headquarters.

Russia urges Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear agency

Russia today urged Iran to cooperate with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to show transparency in its relationship with the body to resolve outstanding issues related to Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Cuba calls for UN reform to prevent possible military attack against Iran

Cuba today called for radical United Nations reform and a strengthening of the General Assembly to confront current challenges that include the threat of “powerful and influential forces” in the United States and Israel paving the way to launch a military attack on Iran.

Veto power in Security Council must be scrapped, Iran’s leader says

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today pinned the United Nations’ “ineptitude” on what he called its “unjust structure,” urging that the veto power of the Security Council’s five permanent members be abolished.

Situation in Afghanistan, Iraq tops UN chief's talks with Iranian leader

Developments in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East were among the topics discussed today in a meeting between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Barring of inspectors hampers Iran nuclear probe, says top UN official

The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog today voiced “great regret” over Iran’s decision to bar two key nuclear inspectors and said the move hinders the body’s investigation into the country’s nuclear programme.