Press Conference with Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Possibility of a Military Strike on Iran (Excerpts)

April 28, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

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Q: I just wanted to understand if Iran's nuclear programme, was it discussed with India, and its international monitoring. And what is the United Nations assessment today, at this juncture? Is there a possibility of what happened in Iraq recurring itself in Iran today at this point?

SG: You mean a strike against the Iranian nuclear thing? I don't think that's on the cards. But obviously, there are very serious discussions taking place between Iran and the three European Union member states – Germany, the United Kingdom and France. And I think those talks have been going on for some time and I'm confident that they will produce results. And Iran has been cooperating with them fairly well. And I do not think that, if they resolve it that way and everybody agrees on a programme and an agenda, that there'll be any need to take any physical action against Iran. And it would be unwise, anyway. It would be unwise.

Thank you.