Annan Wants Iran Nuclear Crisis Resolved
U.N. Secretary-General Annan has expressed frustration over the lack of progress in resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. Mr. Annan also stressed Iran needs to engage in face-to-face talks with the international community. He spoke to university students Thursday in Tokyo.
On Wednesday, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculed a possible European offer of incentives to end sensitive nuclear work. The United States called the rejection an odd stance that raises questions about Mr. Ahmadinejad's motives in the confrontation.
Mr. Annan said that despite the Iranian rejection, he does not believe a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Iran is imminent. Western powers suspect Iran is enriching uranium to make nuclear weapons -- a charge Tehran denies.