( www.irna.ir ) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Wednesday stressed that only diplomatic means can settle the ongoing row over Iran 's nuclear program.
"Solutions can only be found through talks and dialogue. This is the basic principle in conflict situations," Ban said in an interview with the German ARD television station.
"I regret very much that we have not found the proper solution to the Iran conflict. The issue is now in the hands of the UN Security Council," he added.
Ban called on Iran to convince the international community of its peaceful nuclear intentions.
"During last month's meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, I have urgently requested him to convince the international community that Iran is in fact interested in the peaceful use of atomic energy," Ban said.
Tehran has repeatedly stated that it is pursuing a civilian nuclear program aimed at generating electricity.
Iran has also said that it is ready to resume unconditional nuclear talks in a bid to settle conflict.
Ban is currently in Berlin for the meting of the Mideast quartet which is to focus on the new Palestinian government of national unity.