S Africa says Iran deal still possible

As pressure builds to report Iran to the UN Security Council for nuclear treaty violations, South Africa said it remained confident that a negotiated settlement could be achieved within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    President Ahmadinejad is defiant despite the risk of sanctions

    South Africa, a member of the 35-nation IAEA board, has played a key role in efforts to ensure a deal on Iran in line with its policy of giving all nations the right to use nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

    Tehran says it wants nuclear power only for electricity but the IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog, is likely to report Iran to the Security Council over fears that it may be using its nuclear programme to build atom bombs.

    The IAEA vote, originally due late on Friday has been deferred to Saturday.

    Should it be reported to the Council, Iran has threatened to respond by stopping UN spot checks of its atomic sites as part of the world treaty to deter clandestine nuclear bomb-making.

    Russia and China have endorsed a European-sponsored resolution to put the council on notice as long as Tehran is given at least a month to co-operate fully with the UN investigations before further action, possibly sanctions, are taken.

    Aziz Pahad, the South African deputy foreign minister and main diplomat for the Middle East, said that whatever decision is taken, it would not aggravate the situation and that there would still be room for negotiation.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Can Aamir Khan create lasting change in Indian society or is he just another Bollywood star playing the role of a hero?