Israel's claim on involvement of Pretoria in Iran's nuclear activities not true
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Pretoria, Sept 19, IRNA
The South African Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nomfanelo Kota here Monday dismissed claims by Israeli diplomatic sources on South Africa's participation in Iran's nuclear program.
Turning to the report issued in the periodicals of Israeli regime quoting diplomatic sources associated with the country's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, she said that such a claim is baseless.
She called on Israel to submit the relevant documents to South Africa to prove its claim.
Kota called for Israel's explanation on its claim of nuclear cooperation between Iran and South Africa.
The claim by Israeli officials of Iran-South Africa atomic collaboration was published while the South African President Thabo Mbeki calls for resumption of talks on Iran's nuclear issue.
During the 60th regular meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York attended by the heads of member states, Mbeki said that the relevant negotiations should be conducted with UN close cooperation.
Criticizing the world nuclear powers, he called for advancing the plan on annihilation of weapons of mass destruction.
The president referred to the arsenal of the nuclear powers as a threat to the world security and said that the UN efforts to free the world from nuclear weapons has failed.
On the other hand, according to the news media of Israeli regime, in a sideline meeting with Mbeki in New York, Sharon called on South Africa to stop supporting Iran's nuclear program.
Meanwhile, Ynetnews has released a news item on the issue saying that Sharon has asked South Africa to discontinue its support for Iran within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors negotiations.
According to the report, the Israeli premier has rather called for South Africa's support for referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council.
As an active member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the IAEA Board of Governors, South Africa has always been supporting Iran's legal right to access to peaceful nuclear technology.
In her mid-September remarks, the South African Foreign Minister Delamini Zuma said that all world countries are entitled to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
During her speech at Cape Town University, she added that development is the main objective of Iran's nuclear activities.
She noted that countries such as Iran and South Africa should be authorized to use nuclear technology for peaceful applications.
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