UN Chief defends Iran’s nuclear program?
The following article appeared on the Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA) website on September 1st. ABNA is an Iranian site and one could be forgiven for assuming that the article may be less than objective in portraying Ban Ki Moon’s pro-Iranian stance. Even so, if the quotes attributed to him are correct it is certainly clear that the UN chief does not buy into the narrative of the US and NATO with regards to either Syria or Iran.
Ban Ki-moon censures West’s threats against Iran’s nuclear energy program
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Iran’s kudos in the global arena and lashed out at the West’s threats against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program
At a press conference on the final day of the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday, Ban touched upon Iran’s nuclear issue and in a reference to the threats by Israel, the US and its Western allies against Tehran, he said, “I have condemned the threats by any member state to destroy or delegitimize another.”
“I have reminded the leaders … throughout the world to lower the volume and stop the provocation that can lead the area down a slippery slope of conflict,” he added.
“It is time for more reason and responsibility. I urge you all to resolve differences through peaceful means,” the UN chief pointed out.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the UN secretary general praised Iran’s cultural and historical grandeur and the country’s remarkable contributions to the humanity, saying, “Iran has enriched and nourished the human civilization for centuries. As a founding member of the United Nations, Iran has also greatly contributed to creative initiatives such as the ‘Middle East nuclear-weapons-free zone’ and ‘dialogue among civilizations’.”
He also lauded Iran’s continued efforts to assist the Afghan nation during the US-led war in country as well as “hosting and protecting millions of Afghan refugees.”
The UN secretary-general alluded to Iran’s rotational presidency of the NAM, adding, “This is a very important opportunity for Iran to not only raise its political profile in the international community, but also demonstrate their leadership to exercise a moderate and constructive role in the regional and international issues.”
Ban described his visit to Iran and participation in the NAM summit as “very useful and very constructive.”
The UN chief pointed to his constructive talks with the Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas in Tehran and expressed “frustration” over the standoff in negotiations between Palestine and Israel.
Referring to the ensuing crisis in Syria, Ban called on all the opponent parties to stop violence and urged the international community to facilitate diplomatic efforts and lend support to the efforts by UN-Arab League’s new peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, in an attempt to bring peace to Syria.
“All the parties must stop violence. All those players who may be providing arms to both sides — the government and the opposition — must stop. Any militarization of the situation will only prolong this tragic situation and will press the Syrian people into further misery,” the UN chief pointed out.