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Annan Urges Iran To Cooperate On Nuclear Program

United Nations, 17 June 2004 (RFE/RL) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged Iran to honor its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency over its nuclear program.

Annan told reporters today he hopes the parties involved work to avoid any further confrontation. He said he does not expect the issue of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA to be brought before the UN Scurity Council in the "foreseeable future."

He said he has encouraged those states wishing to bring the matter to the council to have clear ideas on what action they would expect the council to take.

U.S. officials have repeatedly threatened to push for Security Council action because of a Iran's withholding of information on its nuclear activities.

Council action could include economic sanctions.