UN Chief: Iran Should Open Nuke Programs

Published February 17, 2012 10:09AM (EST)

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. secretary general says Iran must be more open about its nuclear program because its claims that it has not worked on developing atomic arms are not convincing.

Ban Ki-moon also warns against possible military action against Iran, saying "there is no alternative" to diplomatic pressure in the standoff over its nuclear program.

Ban spoke to reporters Friday after attending ceremonies marking the 15th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, a Vienna-based U.N. agency set up to detect secret nuclear weapons testing.

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency is set to meet Iranian officials in Tehran early next week. They will attempts to probe suspicions that Iran has engaged in weapons-related experiments — allegations denied by the Islamic Republic.

By Salon Staff

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