Iran: Ban Ki-moon to visit Iran’s nuclear facilities

By Trend

Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon who planned to visit Tehran on Wednesday to take part in 16th summit of Non-Aligned Movement, will visit the Natanz uranium enrichment center and Esfahan Nuclear Fuel Research and Production Center, Fars News Agency reported on Aug.27.

Mehdi Akhondzadeh, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian and Oceanic Affairs of Iran said that Ban Ki-moon will participate in the heads-level NAM summit meetings on Thursday and Friday and during his travel to Iran, will visit Natanz and Esfahal nuclear facilities.

Earlier, Iranian MP Hossein Naghavi reported, quoting Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi who said that Iran is launching cultural, industrial, scientific and other tours based on the request of each representative of Non-Aligned Movement who will take part in the summit in Tehran.

Naghavi said Salehi announced that they planned to launch several tours, including showing Iranian nuclear facilities to each representative of the NAM member countries on their request.

Iran is also going to demonstrate its latest military achievement to the representatives.

Negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear programme have continued since 2002, when Iran’s hidden uranium enrichment centre Natanz was revealed.

Until now, the UN Security Council has adopted four rounds of sanctions on Iran to curb Iran’s nuclear policy and the country’s sensitive nuclear activities, but Iran announced it will keep up its nuclear activities. The West suspects that Iran is going to make nuclear weapons, but Iran rejects the accusation calling its activities “peaceful”.

The EU and the U.S. adopted tightening sanctions over Iran’s banking and oil sector which has led to a halving of the country’s oil export to 1.1 mbpd.

The 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement will be held in Tehran on August 28-29.

NAM is an international organisation that brings together 118 countries in the world on the principles of non-participation of military blocs. NAM was officially established by 25 states at the Belgrade Conference in September 1961. The movement’s establishment was preceded by the Bandung Conference in 1955.


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