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        1/20/2014, Shevat 19, 5774

      Ban Ki-Moon Disappointed with Iranian Response on Syria

      Reuters reports the United Nations said on Monday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reviewing his options after Tehran's disappointing response to Ban's invitation to attend Syria peace talks and the Syrian opposition's threat to pull out if Iran attends.

      "The secretary-general was deeply disappointed by Iranian statements today that are not consistent with the assurances he received regarding Iranian support for the Geneva communiqué," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters, referring to a June 2012 plan for a political transition in Syria, says Reuters.

      "(Ban) is currently urgently considering his options in light of the disappointing reaction of some participants," Nesirky said, according to Reuters, adding that Ban was also disappointed that the Syrian opposition had conditioned its participation on the withdrawal of Iran's invitation.